Hyderabad: Telangana owed a great deal to the legendary engineer Nawab Ali Nawaz Jung Bahadur. The mission launched by him is being completed by the Government led by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao after attaining statehood for the region, said speakers at the 5th Telangana Engineers Day celebrated at the Institute of Engineers here on Wednesday.
Nawaz Jung who served Hyderabad State as chief engineer during the Nizam’s rule made monumental contribution for development. He was the only Indian who rose to the rank of a chief engineer at a time when such positions were held only by the Britishers all over India, said V Prakash rao, Chairman of the Telangan State Water Resources Development Corporation .
Ghanapuram Anicut designed by him to irrigate 17000 acres of land was his first major contribution to the irrigation sector. The same project was developed further to extend irrigation to over 40000 acres by the Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar rao after the formation of the State.
Calling him a change maker of the Nizam’s time, he said the kind of situation people in drought prone districts like Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda would face in future in the absence of concrete planning to harness the water resources the region has been endowed with was predicted decades in advance by him.
His one year stint as an irrigation engineer in Warangal witnessed a great change in the irrigation sector of the region. Besides his major contributions that included Nizam Sagar project, tanks like Palair and Wyra in Khammam district were his boon to the region.
Sridhar Rao Despande, OSD to Irrigation Engineer, who authored his biography called Nawaz Jung as a great visionar.,
He recalled his contributions and said his birth day was being celebrated as the Telangana Engineers Day. Despite the fact that he did exemplary work for the region, he was not given due recognition by the erstwhile rulers.
British engineer Sir Arthur Cotton was hailed as ‘Apara Bhageeratha’ for constructing barrages across Godavari and Krishna rivers and his statue was installed on Tank Bund in Hyderabad. Though Nawaz Jung deserved a much bigger honour, he remained unknown to present day generation till the Telangana government celebrated his birth anniversary on July 11 as Telangana Engineers Day.