Karnataka's 'man of ponds' rewarded with free lifetime bus pass

Bengaluru, Jul 2 (IANS): Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has rewarded octogenarian pond rejuvenation champion Kamegowda with a free lifetime bus pass, an official said on Thursday.

"To recognise his yeoman service, I assure lifetime free bus pass for travel in KSRTC buses," said the road transport corporation managing director Shivayogi C Kalasad.

Calling him a 'Man of Ponds', the transport corporation has entitled him to travel for free in all classes of bus services that KSRTC operates.


Recently, Kamegowda came in for praise by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself for digging ponds.

"Kamegowda has dug 16 ponds through his hard work. He is a simple farmer, but his personality is extraordinary. The work done by him sets him apart from others. At his age, Kamegowda takes cattle for grazing and has dug ponds in his village," noted Modi in his 'Mann ki Baat' address to the nation.

Chief minister BS Yediyurappa has also appreciated the 85-year-old ponds champion and endorsed the lifetime bus pass.

Kamegowda is known for digging ponds at Dasanadoddi village in Mandavalli taluk of Mandya district.

Mandya is about 100 km southwest of Bengaluru on way to Mysuru.

Touted to have the largest air-conditioned Volvo fleet of buses in the country, KSRTC operates services in 17 of the 30 districts across the state and to neighbouring states, including Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Maharashtra, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

The corporation has about 8,650 buses and ferries about 30 lac passengers daily under normal circumstances.





Comment on this article

  • dk shetty, Mangalore/Oman

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    This karma yogi with his nishkama karma...…..doesn't need a bus pass at this age.
    He needs a shelter/House, Decent health care and Food to eat.

    Please provide that from govt, as his yeoman service to conservation of water and helping nature at this age, He is a true Karma Yogi, I salute him.

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  • Fredrick, Shirthady

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    He is hardly travels any mode of transport, peanut is bigger than bus pass.

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  • Leo, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    The free pass gesture by KSRTC is fine but he will hardly use it. A person who has dedicated his time for the nation should be suitably rewarded. If our cricket players can be rewarded with Audi, Flats, Crores of rupees for just playing a few matches, Kamegowda has done much more. He should be given a house with a plot of land, monthly rations. If an MP and MLA can get pension for life, why not Kamegowda who did so much for the people.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Such a great person , everyone must appreciate his honest work. But my question is why our administration has not not recognized him ???. Why they were waiting till our PM to recognize this ???

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    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore , our administration has recognized him 2018 & gave Rajyotsava Award .

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  • Ignatius Rodrigues, Uppoor/Abu Dhabi

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Great work, praiseworthy and inspiring.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Give him a nice home & ensure he spends the rest of his life Peacefully ...

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Great man.Waht a wonder PM.Modi has praised him.and given only life long bus pass?some thing else could have helped him better.Like health care ,and some food grain or some money would also be thankful to him.If he doesnt have a proper home,a small piece of land too better.He could grow some vegetable to himself and family etc.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Government should provide a better living for him to rest of his life like health insurance, a good house and at least Rs. 25 Lakhs.

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  • Gabriel Lewis, Brahmavar

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    He can travel even in multi axel AC busses of KSRTC's Mercedes, Scannia & Volvo class busses.😳😳😳🤟🤟💪💪✌️✌️👌👌
    Kudos to KSRTC.

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  • K R Prabhu, Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Deserves Padmasree award..

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  • smr, Karkala

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    At the age of 85 this 'Pond Man' should be given free health care service. Where will this man will travel at this old age?

    I would say 'Kamegowda' should be inspiration to the central government. His individual efforts are praise worthy and need of the hour.

    The water conservation should be community work in every village of India. It is important we work together to save this precious resources for the future generation.

    Jai Hind

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  • Jessie, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Indeed. He should be given health coverage in any hospitals in India. Salute to this man who worked selflessly for the society.

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  • Antony, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    This is what this Govt. doles out as appreciation. Useless gifts and certificates and cheques which are not worthwhile. The need of the hour is support in endeavour by allocation of funds, teams to organise maintenance of these ponds, connectivity of these villages...

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