India has had a long and notable history in hydel power. Its first hydroelectric power plant was commissioned in Karnataka way back in 1902. It has produced a number of distinguished hydro engineers, the foremost of whom must surely be M. Visvesvaraya who was bestowed the Bharat Ratna only a year after it was first awarded in 1954 to C. Rajagopalachari, S. Radhakrishnan and C.V. Raman. Engineer’s Day is celebrated every year on 15 September, the day Visvesvaraya was born. Another star in this galaxy was K.L. Rao, who was responsible for the Nagarjunasagar project in the Krishna basin in Andhra Pradesh and a Union minister in the 1960s.
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