At the age of 18, I joined the Kumbakonam Transport Corporation and later moved to Chennai to work in Pallavan Transport Corporation.
For the last 45 years, I have been reaching out to the needy — burying unclaimed bodies, especially the elderly people who die after being abandoned near Chromepet GH. As a transport union leader, I have been part of the committee that looked into salary variation as per Central Government norms.
My efforts helped more than 5,000 of them benefit from the consensus arrived. I also rise to occasions when there is a natural calamity and carry out relief operations. Recently, I played a pivotal part in cleaning the Nemmelicherry Lake.
There is a similar activity being planned for the Sembakkam Lake and those involved in it have got in touch with me.
The volunteering is my obeisance to nature. I get a lot of threats when I involve in the restoration or cleaning of lakes.
Some hurl abuses, spit on me and threaten me to back off. In fact, my wife is extremely worried about my safety. But giving up is not an option.
- S Meenakshi Sundaram (60) is from Chromepet