Good Samaritan runs mobile water kiosk
“we don’t know how long we will live. Let me serve society”, says Mr Jonnalagadda Raja Mohan Rao, who has been carrying around cool water on his bike since the last two months to alleviate the thirst of people in the city.
Rao, a mechanic with the HP Gas company here, has been carrying 20 liters of water on his bike in bottles, from home to office, and then to customers’ houses when on duty. He parks his bike at crowded junctions, sporting a banner in Telugu that that reads “Mobile free cool water kiosk”. It is also displays his contact number so the people can call him in an emergency.
When he some free time,he places his mobile kiosk with cool water at junctions, such as the district collect orate, SP’s office, district courts,market and Arundalpet, usually when it is scorchingly hot. He has been spending about Rs.400 per day, buying the water and petrol for his bike out of his meagre earnings.
So why was he doing this? “It gives me satisfaction. Thirsty people can not always come to water kiosks on the roads. But if some one gives them a glass of water in their hand when they are in desperate need, then that could save their life,” Rao says. If donors provide him the cool water, that would be a great help as the service he currently provides would then be sustainable.
A school dropout, who did not complete even his fourth standard, Rao wants to study up to Class X through the Open Education System.