May 25, 2024

7 Contributions of K Seshadri Iyer in Building Today’s Modern Bengaluru

Sir Kumarapuram Seshadri Iyer served as the Dewan of Mysore. K Seshadri Iyer was the second Dewan of Mysore state and was also the princely state’s longest-serving Dewan.

Interestingly, many of them termed him as “Creator of Modern Bengaluru.”

How many of you know this??

Well, this article is all about K Seshadri Iyer s vision, efforts, and the achievements of this brilliant man.

K Seshadri Iyer

To begin with, the man behind Asia’s first major hydroelectric power plant at Shivanasamudra. Also being responsible for the mining operations at Kolar Gold Fields (KGF).

In 1902 he drew a voltage line from Shivanasamudra to KGF, transforming mining operations at the Kolar Gold Fields. The goldfields were 147 km away, making the transmission line the longest in the world at the time. In addition to this, the power was supplied to construct Mettur Dam in the 1930s from Sir Sheshadri Hydel Station, Shivanasamudra.

Sir Sheshadri Hydel Station is now a National Heritage Centre.

K Sheshadri Iyer played a prominent role in building the Bengaluru City.

7 Contributions of K Seshadri Iyer in Building Today’s Modern Bengaluru

1. Electrification of Namma Bengaluru

We all know that Bengaluru is one of the first cities to be electrified. The reason behind this is K Seshadri Iyer. In 1906 the first voltage line was taken from Shivansamudra all the way to Bengaluru.

2. Glass House at Lalbagh

In 1889 he constructed the famous Glass House at Lalbagh. The Glass House is the Lalbagh garden’s biggest attraction. Also, to use it as a venue to host the flower shows. The first flower show at Glass House was in the year 1912.

Glass house at lalbagh

3. K Seshadri Iyer Constructed Victoria Hospital

This is another key point. In the year 1990, he began the construction of Victoria Hospital.

victoria hospital by K Seshadri Iyer

4. K Seshadri Iyer Started Chamarajendra Water Works 

Seshadri Iyer began the Chamarajendra Water Works to supply water to the city from Hesaraghatta Lake in 1894.

With the assistance of a block water system and steam motors, water was pumped up to supply from where it streamed to Malleswaram and afterward to the remaining of the city.

hesaraghatta lake
Source: Harvesting Rainwater

This basic yet powerful plan worked splendidly. In this case, filling in as a generous wellspring of water for around 45 years.

5. Encouragement to Set up The Indian Institute of Science 

Quality education will serve the future of the country. With this in mind, Seshadri Iyer convinced Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, to donate land in the heart of Bengaluru. Also insisted to provide other facilities in order to fulfill the Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata vision.

IISC by seshadri iyer

This research institution was later renamed as The Indian Institute of Science (IISC) in the year 1911.

6. Theosophical Society.

It’s Seshadri Iyer’s initiative, Bengaluru got its first branch.

7. Development of the City

A disastrous plague hit the city in the year 1898. In this case, it wiped out most of the city’s population.

In the repercussions of the catastrophe, Sheshadri Iyer found a way to help the general population of the city and improve their living conditions. Furthermore, Lanes were decongested, new trees were planted, streets were extended and also sanitation was improved.

In addition to this, he also took necessary measures to increase the employment opportunities for the people of the city.

In conclusion, his contributions made him “Creator of Modern Bengaluru.”

K Seshadri Iyer

Cut to the present day, Bengaluru remembers for his valuable contributions. A city’s extension was named after him which is Seshadripuram. Likewise, there is Seshadri Road, Seshadri Memorial Library and also his statue in Cubbon Park reminds the citizens of Bengaluru of this notable administrator.


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