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Remembering Karnataka's icon - Sir. M. Visvesvaraya


Born in a small village called Muddenahalli, Sir M. VIsvesvaraya, who came from a humble background, had many dreams for the welfare of the society. He is held in high regard as the first and pre-eminent Engineer of India.

He was also knighted as a Commander of the Indian Empire by King George V for his myriad contributions to the public good.

After completing his schooling at Chikkaballapur , Sir MV's family moved to Bangalore and he completed his high school there. He earned his B.A. from the Madras University in 1881 and later studied civil engineering at the College of Science, Pune .

After he graduated in engineering, Visvesvaraya took up a job with the Public Works Department (PWD) of Bombay now known as Mumbai , and was later invited to join the Indian Irrigation Commission . He implemented an extremely intricate system of irrigation in the Deccan area. He also designed and patented a system of automatic weir water floodgates which were first installed in 1903 at the Khadakvasla reservoir near Pune.

These gates were employed to raise the flood supply level of storage in the reservoir to the highest level likely to be attained by its flood without causing any damage to the dam. Based on the success of these gates, the same system was installed at the Tigra dam in Gwalior and the Krishnaraja Sagara (KRS) dam in Mandya but many of them say that it is in Mysore .

Visvesvaraya achieved celebrity status when he designed a flood protection system to protect the city of Hyderabad from floods. He was also instrumental in developing a system to protect Vishakapatnam port from sea erosion.

During his period of service with the Government of Mysore state , he was responsible for the founding of, under the aegis of that government, the Mysore Soap Factory, the Parasitoide laboratory, the Mysore Iron and Steel Works (now known as Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Limited) in Bhadravathi , the Sri Jayachamarajendra Polytechnic Institute, the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, the Bangalore Agricultural University, the State Bank of Mysore, The Century Club, Mysore Chambers of Commerce and numerous other industrial ventures.

He also encouraged private investment in industry during his tenure as Diwan of Mysore . He was also instrumental in charting out the plan for road construction between Tirumala and Tirupati .He was known for sincerity,time management and dedication to a cause.

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