L. Venkatakrishna Iyer
OccupationCivil engineer
Known forPolavaram Project
AwardsPadma Bhushan

L. Venkatakrishna Iyer was an Indian civil engineer and the Chief Engineer of the Public Works Department of the State of Tamil Nadu.[1] It was Iyer who did the survey and submitted the initial proposal for building a reservoir across Godavari river near Polavaram in 1941 which was later commissioned as Polavaram Project.[2] An alumnus of the Town Higher Secondary School, Kumbakonam,[3] he was among the few who assisted Chinnaswami Rajam in founding Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) and sat on the core committee which oversaw the establishment of the institution.[4] The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1961, for his contributions to society.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Our own MIT". Madras Musings. March 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  2. ^ Biksham Gujja (2006). Perspectives on Polavaram, a Major Irrigation Project on Godavari. Academic Foundation. pp. 27–. ISBN 978-81-7188-578-7.
  3. ^ "150 years in the service of education". The Hindu. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  4. ^ "History". Madras Institute of Technology. 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.