“Superhero”: Anand Mahindra’s Tweet For Delhi’s ‘Matka Man’

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Alag Natrajan drives his Bolero around Delhi every day, filling clay pots with potable water

Anand Mahindra has shared a post of appreciation for Alag Natarajan aka ‘Matka Man’ – a Delhi man on a mission to provide drinking water to the city’s millions. Mr Natarajan, a Panchsheel Park resident, drives around in his SUV every day, filling clay pots across South Delhi with clean drinking water. “A matka is an Indian clay pot traditionally used to store and keep water cold,” he explains on his website. “I am using matkas to provide drinking water to poor people.”

What started as one earthen pot of water outside his house has now transformed into a mission to place matkas across South Delhi. His initiative has earned Mr Natarajan the nickname of ‘Matka Man’. According to the New Indian Express, Mr Natarajan today wakes up at five every morning to fill around 70 to 80 pots of water from which people can drink free of charge. 

“A Superhero that’s more powerful than the entire Marvel stable,” Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra Group, said in a tweet of appreciation for the South Delhi resident. He thanked Mr Natarajan for choosing the Mahindra Bolero SUV for his “noble work”. 

In his tweet, Mr Mahindra also lauded Delhi’s ‘Matka Man’ for returning to his hometown to serve the poor after spending over three decades in London. “Apparently he was an entrepreneur in England and a cancer conqueror who returned to India to quietly serve the poor,” he wrote. 

Mr Mahindra also shared a video of Alag Natarajan and his Bolero, which he uses to tow around water tanks. Watch the video below:

The tweet has gone viral with nearly 4,000 ‘likes’ and hundreds of comments praising Mr Natrajan.

According to his website, Mr Natarajan’s Mahindra Bolero maxi-truck is fitted with two 1000-litre water tanks. “I have engineered both my vans as a spectacle. I want to draw attention to my project and I enjoy the artistry of the work,” he says. 

Besides providing water to Delhi residents, Mr Natarajan drives around to provide food to construction workers and labourers two or three times a week. He has also placed around 100 cycle pumps across South Delhi “to give poor people the flexibility to fill air 24/7.”

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Source link NDTV.com

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