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Updated: November 28, 2013 15:14 IST

‘Father of irrigation’ K.L. Rao’s tomb in utter state of neglect

G. Venkataramana Rao
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CRYING FOR ATTENTION: Trash strewn around the tomb of K L Rao at Model Guest House in Vijayawada. Photo: V. Raju
CRYING FOR ATTENTION: Trash strewn around the tomb of K L Rao at Model Guest House in Vijayawada. Photo: V. Raju

K.L.Rao’s daughter shocked to see the state of the tomb; trash being dumped right next to the tomb

Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru called the structures designed by him “modern temples”. Kanuri Lakshmana Rao, known more popularly as K.L. Rao, designer of Nagarjunasagar and Bhakra Nangal dams, is known as the father of the Indian irrigation system that is providing livelihood to millions.

K.L. Rao was a Union Minister in the Cabinets of Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Sastry and was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his services to the nation.

NTR’s interest

Former Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao took special interest to get his ashes entombed on the banks of the Krishna in the city. Then Irrigation Minister Tummala Nageswara Rao laid the foundation stone for the “K.L. Rao Sepulchre Beautification Project” on the premises of the Irrigation Department’s Model Guest House located right next to the Durga bathing ghat in 1987.

The tomb is in a highly neglected state with trash being dumped right next to it.

Former Union Secretary K. Sujatha Rao, daughter of K.L. Rao, was shocked to see the state of the tomb when she visited it a few days ago.

A temporary wire fencing erected to offer some sort of protection to the tomb is in a dilapidate state and has fallen down.

‘Insult to veteran’

“This is an insult to a personality who is as great as K.L. Rao,” said his nephew Mahaballeswara Rao. “It was originally proposed to entomb the ashes in Hyderabad, the State Capital, but then Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao, who was also from Krishna District, said that the ashes should be entombed on the banks of a river and the tomb was established here,” he said.

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i fail to understand this fixation with memorials..isnt this the fate
of the slums in our cities . isnt this the way a large portion of our
"living" live in the country..get your act right and improve their
conditions first..the people who spend their lives for others or the
country do not want anything in return..they would be ashamed if we in
india keep on giving more importance to the dead than the living..if
the clean up of this or any other memorial is taken up as part of the
overall clean up of the city or the corresponding village there is no
harm in it...

from:  Deepak
Posted on: Nov 28, 2013 at 17:31 IST

It is a matter of disgust and shame as to how we respect the memorials of our great nation builders.Every grain of food we eat today is the outcome of the work of this illustrious son of India.Sri K.L.Rao was a great son of India who advocated linking of rivers in India to save the flooding of some area to feed the parched lands of other parts of India.If the Government wants to atone this deed of neglect they should start the work on linking the rivers in India.That is the fittes memorial for Dr K.L.Rao.

from:  K.Viswanathan
Posted on: Nov 28, 2013 at 15:58 IST
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