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Sir MV Vishveshwaraya’s statue unveiled at Galudih Barrage Dam project

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Ghatshila, Sept 15: Engineers’ Day is observed on the birth anniversary of India’s first Civil Engineer, Sir Mokshagundam Vishveshwaraya who was born on September 15, 1861. The 55th Engineers’ Day saw the unveiling of the statue of Bharat Ratna Sir MV (as he was popularly known) at the Galudih Barrage site by Chief Engineer of Chandil Swarnrekha Multipurpose Project (SMP), Manoj Kumar Singh. Sir Vishveshwaraya’s statue was garlanded by dignitaries present on the occasion. Floral tributes were offered at the statue.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Engineer, Ashok Kumar Das observed, “Sir Mokshagundam Vishveshwaraya was born on this day in 1861 and it is on his 161st birth anniversary that the nation is celebrating the 55th Engineers’ Day. Besides being a statesman and the 19th Dewan of the then Mysore State, Sir Mokshagundam was the first Civil Engineer of India and planned, designed and executed several structures that continue to over-awe several engineers. He was a marvel in himself.”

The statue of Sir Mokshagundam Vishveshwaraya was sculpted by Kailash Chandra Das who was an invitee on the occasion along with his wife, Chitrakala Das. According to Kailash Chandra Das, “This statue of Sir Vishveshwaraya was sculpted in two months. Several sculptures made by me are in Odisha and Chhattisgarh.”

Officials honoured the sculptor. Dignitaries present on the occasion included Rajkishore Singh, Santosh Kumar, Rohit Ram, Ajay Prajapati, Daya Sagar and others.

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