It is seen as a fitting tribute to Sir M Vishweshwaraiah, one of the nation's foremost builders.

Delhi Metro Station named after Sir M Vishweshwaraiah to open soon
news Metro Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 14:24

The Sir Vishveshwaraiah Moti Bagh metro station, named after the engineer and scholar Sir M Vishveshwaraiah, will soon be open on the pink line of New Delhi's Metro.

This after the eight-kilometre stretch from Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus to Lajpat Nagar stations was confirmed for inspection on July 23 and is likely to be inaugurated in August. 

In this stretch lies Sir Vishveshwaraiah Moti Bagh station named after the famous engineer from the Mysore Kingdom. The central government in March had given the go-ahead to name the station after the famed engineer. Trial runs were held in the stretch in April and the line was expected to open in July. It is seen as a fitting tribute to Sir M Vishweshwaraiah, one of the nation's foremost builders. 

Who is Sir M Vishveshwaraiah?

Sir Vishveshwaraiah is known for designing one of the best flood management systems of his time in Hyderabad and for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mandya. He is also credited with the construction of dams, reservoirs and hydro-power projects across several southern Indian states. 

Sir Vishveshwaraiah was born on September 15, 1861 at Muddenahalli in Chikkaballapur, which was in the erstwhile Mysore kingdom and in present day Karnataka. Vishveshwaraiah was also the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918.

He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1955 and was also awarded the British knighthood by King George V, and hence has the honorific prefix "Sir" in his name. 

Known around the world for his contributions to engineering, Vishveshwaraiah was responsible for building and consolidating dams across the country when India was in its infancy. He is also credited with inventing the Block System - automated doors that close when there is an overflow.


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