Staff Reporter

Collector asks young engineers to contribute their mite for country's progress

The document was made by Civil Engineering Department of JNTU-K

Sir Arthur Cotton described as a great visionary

Kakinada: District Collector M. Ravi Chandra released a documentary on Sir Arthur Cotton made by the Civil Engineering Department of JNTU-Kakinada on the occasion of the legendary engineer's 207th birth anniversary on Saturday. The programme was organised by the Institution of Engineers (India), Kakinada Centre, and Retired Irrigation Engineers' Association.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Ravi Chandra said Sir Arthur Cotton was a great visionary who transformed the Godavari districts into the country's rice bowl. Sir Arthur Cotton barrage at Dowleswaram and the Gannavaram aqueduct withstood the vagaries of nature due to the high quality of material used for constructing the projects and their excellent designs.

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Mr. Ravi Chandra complimented JNTU-K Vice-Chancellor Allam Appa Rao for taking the initiative to bring out a documentary on Sir Arthur Cotton. As a former student of the erstwhile JNTU College of Engineering, Kakinada, he was privileged to release the documentary on premises of the same varsity of which he was a student in the early 1990s. He looked forward to the young engineers to contribute their mite for developing India into a technologically vibrant country. Prof. Appa Rao said he wished to endorse the documentary on Sir Arthur Cotton to the Films Division of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for screening in cinema theatres and at other forums to keep memories of him alive in the people's minds. Sir Arthur Cotton was not only an irrigation engineer but also an economist, who could envisage the importance of fully tapping the water resources for the local economy. Roads and Buildings Department Superintendent Engineer B Manohar Swamy, JNTU-K Directors K. Satya Prasad and B. Prabhakar Rao, Head of Department of Civil Engineering K.V.S.G. Murali Krishna and others were present.