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ENGINEERS' GURU: Vijayawada MP L. Rajagopal paying tributes to Mokshagundam Visveswaraya on the occasion of Engineers' Day in the city on Friday. Chairman of IEI local centre V. Nageswara Rao (second from left) and secretary M. Rama Rao (extreme left ) are also seen. PHOTO: RAJU V.
ENGINEERS' GURU: Vijayawada MP L. Rajagopal paying tributes to Mokshagundam Visveswaraya on the occasion of Engineers' Day in the city on Friday. Chairman of IEI local centre V. Nageswara Rao (second from left) and secretary M. Rama Rao (extreme left ) are also seen. PHOTO: RAJU V.

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Vijayawada MP L. Rajagopal on Friday said engineers were the architects of modern India.

Delivering a lecture on `Role of engineers in Natural Disaster Mitigation and Management' organised by the local branch of the Institute of Engineers to commemorate the 146th birth anniversary of Bharata Ratna Mokshagundam Visveswaraya, Mr. Rajagopal attributed most of the existing problems to lack of proper planning.

`No planning'

"We do not plan properly. Neither do we have the nature of learning our lessons from past mistakes. We are good in shifting responsibilities," he said.

The MP said the need of the hour was to think big and initiate concerted efforts to achieve the goal.

G. Vijayam of Atheist Centre, Vijayawada, underscored the need for undertaking community-based disaster preparedness programme. He said the country lacked political will to address problems glaring in the face. Pointing out gross violation of rules in construction of high-rise buildings, he mooted constitution of a building control board on the lines of the Pollution Control Board to check irregularities in the construction industry. Emphasising the role of the common man in disaster management preparedness, he said our knowledge was concentrated in laboratories and there was a need to bring it out of the lab and on to the land.

He said the Government should delegate responsibilities by preparing people's plan to counter disasters effectively.

He also demonstrated a few simple techniques being adopted by people in rural pockets at the time of a natural disaster, taught to them by members of the Atheist Centre.

Engineers M. Narayana Prasad of Narayana Prasad Electricals, Vijayawada, and A. Srinivasa Rao, general manager (projects) of Lanco Kondapalli Power Private Limited, Ibrahimpatnam, were felicitated on the occasion. Assistant professor in the Civil Engineer Department of VR Siddhartha Engineering College, Vijayawada, also spoke while chairman of the IEI, Vijayawada, V. Nageswara Rao presided over the meeting.


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