Bharat Ratna Sir Dr Mokshagundam Visves-varaya,
popularly known as Sir MV or MV was an engineer extraordinary, a
statesman, a visionary and a staunch votary of industrialization.
He became a legend in his own lifetime – lived a life filled with
singular engineering achievements unparalleled by any one in India
in the last century. What made him a unique person was his foresight
and grand vision of industrial development which he considered extremely
important to alleviate India's poverty. Effective utilization of
water resources to provide safe drinking water and appropriate irrigation
was his passion. He did not take up large engineering projects unless
he was convinced of their techno-economic feasibility, adequate
return on investment and serving a social purpose. He was also versatile.
He not only designed and built large dams and water supply schemes,
which was his forte, but also contributed to industrial development
by planning a steel plant, railway system of Mysore, effective technical
education for the posterity and even a reputed financial institution
– namely the Mysore Bank.