Most Familiar Irrigation Expert R Vidyasagar Rao, was suffering with metastatic bladder cancer, and undergoing treatment in a hospital passed away today morning. Vidyasagar rao, is a renowned irrigation Expert and Advisor to Telangana Government.
He is a native of Jajireddygudem of Nalgonda District. He had his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Osmania University of Hyderabad, India in 1960 and his master’s degree Engineering in Water Resources Development University of Roorkee(Now IIT Roorkee) in 1979. Also done his Diploma in Water Resources Systems Engineering, Colorado State University (USA), in 1983. Also Bachelor of Law Delhi University, 1990.
He worked in the Central Water Commission, Ministry of Water Resources, Govt of India in various capacities and retired as Chief Engineer. Worked as a Consultant to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) at Nairobi (Kenya) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) during November–December, 1991. Served as Member of Working Group of Major, Medium Irrigation & Command Area Development Project for XII Five Year Plan of Planning Commission, Government of India. Also served: As Resources Person, National Commission for integrated Water Resources Development Plan, Government of India, responsible for preparation of working group report on legal, institutional and financial aspects. As Consultant to NABARD responsible for appraisal and monitoring of Irrigation schemes of Government of AP posed for financial assistance to NABARD. As Arbitrator for settling disputes arising out of World Bank assisted Canal Project, Govt of U.P. Visited several countries all over the globe under UN related organisations’ programmes. He is Life Member of Indian Water Resources, Life Member of Indian Network on Participatory Irrigation Management and Individual Member of Indian Council of Arbitration.
CM KCR upset over the sad demise of Vidyasagar Rao
Chief Minister Sri K Chandrashekhar Rao is upset with the sad demise of Government Advisor (Irrigation) Sri R Vidyasagar Rao. After hearing the news, the CM is drowned into sorrow. Ever since Sri Vidyasagar Rao was admitted into the Continental Hospitals after deterioration of his health, the CM was in constant touch with the hospital administration and enquired the day-to-day health condition of him. The CM has also personally gone to the hospital and saw the ailing Vidyasagar Rao. The CM also spoke to people who met him about Vidyasagar Rao.
“During the Telangana Statehood movement, Vidyasagar Rao had collected the statistics on how injustice was being done to the region in the Irrigation sector and created awareness among the people on the issue. The way Vidyasagar Rao waged a battle over the cheating and injustice done to the Telangana region in water and in Irrigation was unique and unparalled. Vidyasagar Rao gave valuable advice to the TRS party and to myself and thus remained a guiding force. The vast experience of Vidyasagar Rao in the irrigation field had immensely helped the Telangana State after its formation in re-designing the irrigation projects. After Prof K Jayashankar, Vidyasagar Rao was another great personality that the Telangana had and the Telangana will never forgot Vidyasagar Rao. It is unfortunate that Vidyasagar Rao has left us midway when we are realising the dream of giving water to one crore acres in the State. Vidyasagar Rao was not only a good friend to me, but also an elder brother and member of my family,” the CM said and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved.
The Chief Minister has instructed Chief Secretary S.P Singh to accord State Funeral to Late Vidyasagar Rao.