AP to celebrate Cotton's birthday

Published on May 10, 2015 00:59:59 AM
The ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh has decided to observe as a State function the birth anniversary of renowned civil engineer of yesteryears Sir Arthur Cotton on May 15. The State Government is organising the programme on the banks of the river Godavari at Dhavaleswaram. Besides Dhavaleswaram dam, Sir Arthur Cotton also designed the famous Prakasam Barrage built across the river Krishna at Vijayawada.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will inaugurate the birth anniversary celebrations followed by several other programmes, sources in Water Resources Ministry told Metro India here on Saturday. Orientation classes for 4,500 engineers in the Irrigation Department are proposed as part of the event to motivate them for the fast completion of the ongoing irrigation projects in the State.

Eminent personalities who are experts in the field will deliver lectures at the orientation programme on a variety of subjects to bring awareness among the engineers on the subjects to be focused for accelerating the process for the completion of the projects, the sources stated. Stalls will also be set-up depicting the design and other areas of the top seven irrigation projects, including Polavaram and Pattiseema. Since Chandrababu is keen on early completion of the ongoing projects and even spending considerable time studying their progress, officials are now giving top priority to the irrigation sector, the sources observed.

The State Government is also proposing to observe the birth anniversaries of other noted engineers like K L Rao. Mokshagundem Visveswaraiah and Rama Krishna as State functions. This is to give equal importance for all the regions in the State, the sources maintained. According to the sources, the modernisation of the equipment in the Irrigation Wing is not satisfactory. The outdated and obsolete machinery is causing frequent and recurring problems to the workforce due to which the pace of the progress of the project is not matching with the speed with which the Chief Minister is moving, the sources maintained. They are hopeful of the sanction of necessary funds soon to modernise the equipment.