Happy Engineer’s Day! – September 15th

Engineer’s Day celebrated by Engineers in India on September 15 every year.

Happy Engineer's Day! - September 15th

Engineer’s Day is celebrated on every 15th September of every year as a birthday celebration of the famous engineer Sir M. Visvesvaraya (1861-1962). Also know as Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (Sir M.V) . Sir M.V was a vegetarian and he lead a simple life. He worked as a deewan of Mysore too. Sir M.V. retired in 1908 and Sri Krishnarajendra Wodeyar, Maharaja of Mysore, was eager to secure the services of Visvesvaraya to serve Mysore. He joined as Chief Engineer in Mysore because he wanted challenging opportunities. Sir M.V. had earned a reputation for his honesty, integrity, ability and intelligence.

When Sir M. Visvesvaraya was doing engineering, Govt. of Bombay offered him a job and appointed as Assistant Engineer at Nasik. As an engineer, he has done wonderful job. He planned a way of supplying water from the river Sindhu to a town called Sukkur (Now in Pakistan). He devised a new irrigation system called the Block System. He devised steel doors to stop the wasteful flow of water in dams. He was the architect of the Krishnaraja Sagara dam in Mysore. The list is endless.

Among his most successful projects are the design and construction of the K.R. Sagar dam and its adjoining Brindavan Gardens, turn-around of the Bhadravati Iron and Steel Works, setting up of the Mysore Sandalwood Oil Factory and the founding of the Bank of Mysore.

Some of Sir M. Vishveshwaraiah’s footprints & visionary contribution to India via his personal involvement and/or visionary designs for others to execute :

  1. Mysore’s KRS dam having the world’s 1st automatic gates
  2. Pune’s Khadakvasla dam
  3. Odisha’s Mahanadi flood restriction scheme
  4. Nation’s first compulsory education scheme
  5. MP’s Gwalior Tiger dam
  6. Poona Deccan club
  7. Jachamarajendra Professional training inst
  8. Hebbal Agri research inst
  9. Bengaluru public libraries
  10. UVCE Engineering college
  11. Cubbon park century club
  12. Sandal oil factory
  13. Printing press
  14. Bhatkal harbour
  15. Hindu modern hotel
  16. Block system irrigation
  17. Paracitoids lab
  18. Mysore sugar factory
  19. Sandal soap manufacturing
  20. Mysore Univ
  21. Shivanasamudra electrical plant
  22. Jog falls electricity
  23. KRS dam
  24. HAL
  25. Bhadravati steel factory
  26. Soap factory
  27. State Bank of Mysore
  • Vishveshwaraiah did so much for AP, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, MP & even Sindh, Pak. Remarkable Indian!
  • Vishveshwaraiah built Mysore dam in just 4yrs, not with concrete, but lime & jaggary 80 yrs ago! It STILL doesn’t leak.
  • In 2001 Gujarat Earthquake, Kutch & Bhuj got severely damaged. But water supply wasn’t. Thanks to Vishveshwaraiah!
  • IT capital of India, Bengaluru gets over 50% of water from Cauvery river. Effort of Vishveshwaraiah 100+ yrs back!
  • Mumbai’s Powai tank bund has seen massive growth like IIT. Vishveshwaraiah was instrumental in area’s development.
  • Gujarat’s Baroda city still gets water from the project setup by Vishveshwaraiah 50 KM from the city, long long ago!
  • Nizamsagar & Hussainsagar dams were designed by Vishveshwaraiah, after massive 1908 Iyani & Musi flood in Hyderabad.
  • Karnataka govt honored Bharat Ratna Vishveshwaraiah’s contributions by naming a university on him.

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