Who is M Visvesvaraya?

Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, popularly known as Sir MV was a recipient of the Indian Republic's highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955. He was knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE) by King George V for his contributions to the public good.

Every year 15th September is celebrated as Engineer's Day in India in his memory. He is held in high regard as a pre-eminent engineer of India. He was the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mandya district in Karnataka as well as the chief designer of the flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh state.

Visvesvaraya achieved celebrity status when he designed a flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad. He was instrumental in developing a system to protect Visakhapatnam port from sea erosion. Visvesvaraya supervised the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam on the Kaveri river from concept to inauguration. This dam created the biggest reservoir in Asia when it was built. M. Visvesvaraya gave his valuable technical advice for the location of Mokama bridge over the Ganga in Bihar. At the time, he was over 90 years old.

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