Take this story for instance.
A video of a 50-year-old woman, named Kanta Maruti Kalan, standing in the waterlogged road, to inform commuters about an open manhole is going viral on the internet and winning hearts on social media.
This video is from Tulsi Pipe Road in Matunga West, Mumbai. The lady seen in the video had been standing beside the open manhole for five hours to warn commuters driving on the road.— The Better India (@thebetterindia) August 7, 2020
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Apparently, the lady stood there for over 5 hours to make sure no one gets harmed. Kanta can be seen asking commuters to move away from the manhole.
Despite losing her tent and all her belongings due to the floods, including ₹10,000, Kanta chose to stand in the rain for several hours to inform commuters about the manhole.
The video was shot at Tulsi Pipe Road in Matunga. When she was lauded for her selfless act, she said:
I just did what felt right to me.
She further stated that she had no choice but, to open the manhole as the water level was rising quickly and no BMC official came to help. She said:
Some BMC officials came and asked me the next day why I had opened the manhole. But what could I have done? I had no choice. Floodwater was rising quickly and no one had turned up to help.
However, she wanted to make sure no accidents take place, which is why, she decided to stay at the spot and inform commuters about the open manhole.
The internet was quite impressed with Kanta’s immense compassion in the face of adversity.
Truly commendable. Can’t thank her enough— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) August 7, 2020
🙏🏻♥️🙏🏻 whoever you may be ma’am, Thank you. 🙏🏻♥️🙏🏻 https://t.co/dMv9uHGCV3— Amyra Dastur (@AmyraDastur93) August 8, 2020
indeed.. heartfelt thanks to her 🙏🏼— Raj 🇮🇳 (@IMRaj1984) August 8, 2020
standing so selflessly facing the drizzle as well as the splatters from passersby !
Responsible citizen. But where are the ones taking salary in the department’s related to. Wake up Yaar this is we INDIANS , the great ones on the planet. Act responsibly.— Et Raja (@EtRaja2) August 8, 2020
How can we thank this lady… She could have easily sat at home and let accidents happen on that Manhole.— Anupam (@anupampathak999) August 7, 2020
Responsibility is a virtue that keeps people on toes… My salute to this lady
Where is BMC ? Salute to this woman. How careless is municipal corporation there.— Sourabh (@sourabh40gupta) August 7, 2020
This country is alive because of people doing things out of the sheer goodness of their heart. Things that they shouldn’t really have to do, but end up doing because the powers that be have forsaken those responsibilities.— yepicurious (@yepicurious) August 7, 2020
This lady is to be awarded for this invaluable service. I lost my aunt 10 yrs ago on a similar water logged road. She stepped off her stalled bike only to plant her foot in an open manhole ( supposedly kept open to drain water faster). Wish someone like this lady was around !!— Kumar Ayyagari (@kumarayyagari) August 7, 2020
Atmanirbhar Bharat, indeed!