People’s Engineer, Sri Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty

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People's Engineer, Sri Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty
People's Engineer, Sri Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty

Sri Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty was born at 7th june, 1966. He was the son of the late Sri Bishnu Charan Mohanty and the Late Smt. Sailabala Mohanty. Sri Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty completed his civil engineering degree and graduated from Burla’s University College of Engineering (now Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology) in 1987, where he placed first in his class.

Later, he completed his Master of Engineering and graduated from Roorkee University (now Indian Institute of Technology), Roorkee, in 1994, placing first in his class and winning a gold medal. As a result, he was given the prestigious Chancellor’s Gold Medal for the Best Student in All Master’s Degree Programs at Roorkee University, Roorkee, for the academic year 1994–1995—a rare honor.

Mr. Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty began his professional career as a Professor in Civil Engineering for the Government of Odisha’s Industries Department in 1988. Still, after some time, he eventually quit that position in search of a better chance.

After working as a lecturer for over a year, he joined the Water Resources Department of the Government of Odisha in 1989 as an assistant engineer (civil). Since then, he has served in various roles and is currently employed by the Water Resources Department of the Government of Odisha as the Engineer-in-Chief, of Water Resources. He even contributed construction of the Hirakud dam as the supervising engineer.

In his career, Mr. Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty has met many people and made many connections. He even has ties to numerous charitable organizations. He currently serves as Vice President of the Kanakpur-based Sarada Academy Alumni Association. During the Rotary Year 2008–2009, The 74-member Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar Heritage is a part of Rotary District 3262 and was established in 2009. It is renowned for its highly driven efforts and has won various accolades.

To promote peace efforts and eradicate polio for good, the club aligns with Rotary International’s ideals and causes that seek to forge global connections, enhance lives, and forge a better world. Mr. Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty had served Rotary International in various roles, including the president, assistant governor, and secretary general. He has distinguished himself as a Rotarian by receiving numerous honors, including international awards, for his noteworthy contributions to Rotary.  During the Rotary Year 2015–16, he was also awarded The Rotary Foundation’s “Citation for Meritorious Service.” He receives Rotary International’s “Vocational Service Leadership Award” for the Rotary Year 2016–17.

Meeta, a Paul Harris Fellow, and Sri Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty were happily married. Miss Meeta still participates actively in Inner Wheel. Sri Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty and Meeta had been blessed with two sons, Pratik (Bobby) and Swastik (Toby). Both of the sons are professionals in the workforce and involved in the Rotary movement.

Hirakud dam is also the longest earthen dam in the world. When its renowned sluice gate 7 opens to allow floodwater to the River Mahanadi, it is an unparalleled spectacle. The Hirakud Dam discharged the first floodwater this season; Suresh Pujari, the Bargarh MP, raised the alarm in Bhubaneshwar, alerting the federal government and the state to expand fractures that require immediate treatment.

The Hirakud dam, the world’s longest earthen dam, spans the Mahanadi River about 15 km from Sambalpur. It was constructed between 1948 and 1956 as a national project before being turned over to the Odisha government in 1963.

In a news interview, Mr. Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty, the supervising engineer of the Hirakud Dam Circle, explained the reason behind this mishap. He stated that during that time, there was a 1,34,656 cusec inflow and a 15,458 cusec outflow of water into the reservoirs due to significant rainfall upstream of the dam. 

Due to this, lower stream areas in India experience water inflows of thirty thousand cusec in Belgaon, 70.396 cusec in Parthal, one lakh twentyone thousand cusec in Khairamala, 1.11 lakh cusec in Baramula, and thirty-seven thousand cusec in Mundali. The water level in the Hirakud dam had risen because that year, the monsoon arrived in Odisha at the appointed time.

As a result, the dam broke records from the previous year by releasing the first floodwater of that season in June. The first floodwater released by the Hirakud dam typically occurs around August. To release floodwater, there are 64 sluice gates, consisting of 24 on the right and 40 on the left side of the dam. So when the reservoir level, also known as the danger level, is 630 feet, each sluice gate may release 16,440 cusecs of water. Apart from that, there are 34 crest gates, 13 on the right and 21 on the left, each with a capacity to release 16,238 cusecs of water at the 630-foot full reservoir level.

Editorial By- Saayak Karmakar, Resident Editor, Interview Times

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