September 15 is celebrated every year in the country as “Engineers’ Day” to commemorate the birthday of the legendary engineer Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. Sir Visvesvaraya, an eminent Indian engineer and statesman was born in a remote village of Karnataka. Due to his outstanding contribution to the society, Government of India conferred “Bharat Ratna” on this legend in the year 1955.


His engineering works & contribution towards nation-building was spread across the nation throughout his career spanning over 30 years as engineer, 20 years as administrator & 20 years as adviser & statesman.

To solve the problem of reservoir overflow, he designed automatic sluice gates which was later reused for Lake Fife and the same design was reused for Tigra Dam & Krishnarajasagara Dam as well. He even went on to patent this design which entitled him to a recurring income in the form of royalty, which he humbly refused so that the money could instead be used by the Govt for further developmental works.

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