Look Out, Potholes! This 67-Year-Old Retiree Is Out To Fill You

“You shouldn’t be out there filling potholes at your age.” That’s what Venkateswari Katnam tells her 67-year-old husband, Gandgadhara.

He doesn’t listen.

Over the past five years, he estimates that he has filled around 1,100 potholes on the streets of Hyderabad. He carries bags of gravel and tar in the trunk of his Fiat, along with a spade, two brooms, a wire brush and a crowbar. When he spies a pothole β€” or learns of one from a Facebook message β€” he can usually fill it in under an hour. He clears out any debris or standing water, pours in the mix of gravel and tar, levels it off and waits about 30 minutes for it to set. He puts up red flags in English, Hindi andΒ Telugu to make sure no one steps or drives in it.

"If we want to see change," says pothole opponent Katnam, "we have to start doing it ourselves."

And when he’s done, he takes a selfie to add to his collection of filled potholes.

Read the full story on NPR.com.

 

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