Neyveli, Sep 16 Bharat Ratna awardee and world wide famous Engineer Sir. Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, was rightly remembered on the 50th Engineers’ Day Celebrations at Neyveli on 15.09.2017. Born in Karnataka on September 15th 1861, he was honoured with the prestigious Bharat Ratna Award in 1955 for his contribution in the field of Engineering. His techniques in dam construction was notable in retaining maximum water and the automatically operating shutters, which were noteworthy at Mysore (Krishnaraja Sagar Dam), Gwalior and even at Africa. The British regime utilized his engineering skills to the maximum extent.
The Neyveli Local Centre of Institution of Engineers (India) partnered with the Engineers and Scientists Association (E&SA), Neyveli to commemorate the 156th birth anniversary of the engineering legend Dr Visvesvaraya,at the 50th Engineers Day celebrations at Neyveli. NLCIL, CMD Dr.Sarat Kumar Acharya, the chief guest of the function paid the floral tributes to the statue of Sir M. Visvesvaraya at the premises of the Institution of Engineers building, near Central Bus Stand, Neyveli.
In his address, on the theme of the celebration, “Role of Engineers in developing India” he insisted that capturing and sequestering Carbondioxide emitted by thermal power stations is essential to control global warming. This is high time to Engineers to find new technologies to develop solutions to capture CO2 to develop valuable products like urea, ammonia and for using in oil refinery process.
He stressed on the need for more improvised engineering techniques to meet the changing business scenarios in the power Sector to address low cost power generation to increase the affordability of consumers. He also informed that NLCIL has to review its future plans (to become a 20000 MW plus company), as it was drawn 3 years back, so that much importance can be given to renewable energy sector.
Shri P. Selvakumar, Director (P&P), Chairman of the Institutions of Engineers (India), Neyveli Chapter presided over the function and informed that, during the early period of NLCIL, due to high affordability of Conventional Mining Equipments(CME), the company has opted continuous mining technology by deploying Specialised Mining Equipments (SME’s) of German technology.The trouble faced by the machineries during the initial stage in excavating the Neyveli Overburden due to the hardness of the soil were rectified by the high efforts and mettle of NLCIL engineers. They indigenously modified the technology suitable to Neyveli Mines and proved their core. Now time has come to prove present engineers to find out new methods & technology in SME‘s to reduce cost of production.
Shri. B.Selvan, the Honorary Secretary. Neyveli Local Centre of Institution of Engineers, welcomed the gathering and Shri T.D Nataraj ,President, E&SA proposed the vote of thanks. Earlier essay writing competitions were conducted on the theme of the celebration for NLCIL engineers and the students of engineering colleges. Similalrly a quiz competition was also conducted for NLCIL engineers. Prizes were distributed to the winners during the celebrations