ExpertiseWater, Environmental Management
Inventor of the Block System
Built a flood-protection and drainage management system, safeguarding Hyderabad from flooding
Chief engineer of the life-saving Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) Lake and dam project
Why you might have heard of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was a civil engineer, statesman and the 19th Diwan of Mysore.
He was responsible for significant engineering projects in India, including the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mandya, which helped convert nearby wasteland into fertile land and became the primary source of drinking water for many neighbouring cities.
The dam itself continues to draw thousands of visitors every year.
Beyond his astonishing achievements in engineering, Sir M. Visvesvaraya is credited for his extraordinary work in accelerating industrialisation and education in India.
He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) in recognition of his achievements and contribution to Indian society.
Visvesvaraya was born in Bangalore, India, to a Telugu Brahmin family.
His family instilled strong principles in the young Visvesvaraya, which he demonstrated through his personal and professional conduct throughout his life.
He died on 14 April 1962 at the age of 102 years old.
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Hyderabad City flood-protection scheme
The Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) lake and dam project.
Membership of societies
Visvesvaraya was an honorary member of ICE.