Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Engineers recalled the yeoman service rendered by late K. L. Rao, engineer-statesman, to the nation and to Andhra Pradesh in particular, at a national seminar on lift irrigation schemes organised at the Institution of Engineers (India) here on Tuesday marking his 107th birth anniversary.

They stressed the need for taking up the two unfinished tasks of K. L. Rao — creation of a common power grid for the entire nation and inter-linking of rivers as a common source of water to the country.

As an engineer

G. Prabhakar, a council member, IEI, said Dr. Rao’s association with the construction of Nagarjunasagar was such that his wife called it his sixth child. Major Irrigation Minister P. Lakshmaiah, who was the chief guest, said the government had taken up 23 lift irrigation schemes under Jalayagnam to cover 47 lakh acres.

G. Chandramohan Reddy, honorary secretary, IEI, welcomed the gathering. D. Hanumantha Chary, chairman, presided and C. L. N Sastry, convener, organising committee, spoke.