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]

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  1. ^ "Our own MIT". Madras Musings. March 2014. Retrieved July 7, 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 July 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ "History". Madras Institute of Technology. 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 15, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2016.