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This page is in memory of my father Late Er. Comal Neelakantan Margam who retired as Chief Engineer from Public Works Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, India.


A Brief note on his career


He was an alumnus of Annamalai University, Chidambaram, TN, India [one of the oldest universities in India] (1946-50) batch. He joined Tamil Nadu PWD in the year 1950 after graduating in Civil Engineering as Assistant Engineer , (the then) Madras Circle.


1955-1959 He went on deputation to Bihar Govt as Assistant Executive Engineer in Kosi project and was in various places of the state of Bihar and partly in Nepal. The places include Patna, Biratnagar, Dharanbazar, Barouni etc.


1960-1964. He returned back to TN PWD as Assistant Executive Engineer, Gauging Division, Chepauk, Madras.


1964-1968 He was transferred to Kulitalai sub division where he worked on Kaveri Delta Water Project, (Trichy District)


1968-1971. He was promoted and was Executive Engineer, Pongalur Division in Coimbatore District.


1971-1974. He was Executive Engineer Parambikulam Azhiyaar Project and was one of the Key persons to initiate Joint Water Board Meetings between Tamil Nadu and Kerala Government to resolve issues in distribution of water.


1974-1977 He was transferred to Erode Division, which was again in Coimbatore District. He was actively involved in Lower Bhavani Project and was additional charge of Bhavani Sagar division for some time. It was during this time he was engaged in renovation of E.V R memorial building in Erode which was former residence of Periyaar(as he was affectionately called by people of Tamil Nadu).


1977-1978 He was transferred to Salem Dharmapuri circle as Deputy Superintending Engineer and was acting SE during the absence of Superintending Engineer. It was during that time he was incharge of Mettur dam, which was built over Kaveri River for irrigation purposes.


1978-1981 He was promoted as Superintending Engineer Design's Circle where he started his career in Madras. His jurisdiction extended through the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu and all the irrigation, investigation and building project design was under him. He was also acting as Director of Poondi Irrigation Project, which was the sole source of supply of drinking water for Madras.


1981-1983 He was transferred to Chengalpet Circle as Superintending Engineer and was in charge of Redhills lake and the Chembarampakkam Tank which are intermediate tanks for storage of water for supplying to Madras City.


1983-1984 He was transferred to Technical Education as Superintending Engineer and was in charge of all university/ college buildings.


1984-1985 He was again transferred to Ground Water circle and was in charge of North Arcot, South Arcot, Madras and Chengalpet circles. He was also acting as Managing Director of Tube Wells Corporation a Govt of Tamil Nadu Enterprise in addition to the post he was holding.


1985-1986. He was promoted as Chief Engineer (Ground Water) and were all the ground water related projects were under his control in whole of Tamil Nadu. During this time he had represented the state of Tamil Nadu for the interstate conferences held in delhi.He retired from service in 1986 July


After his retirement he was an honorary member for Tamil Nadu Irrigation Audit Committee.


He was elected to be a Fellow of Institution of Engineers India and a Chartered Engineer.


His interests included, Irrigation, Foundation and super structures, Hydraulics, PERT & CPM , Ground water apart from Carnatic Music


He was a lively, jovial and most helpful person in the department in addition to bearing a title RULE RIGID DARE DEVIL MARGAM for which including the State Ministers had an respect.


Beyond all these he was not only a dutiful father but also a friend, philosopher and guide to all his children. He was an affectionate brother for his brother and sisters whom he brought up after the sad demise of his father (our grand father) late Shri Comal Sundaram Neelakantan.


He left us on the 17th of August 1999 at the age of 72 to rest on lotus feet of god (shivalokha prapthi). Though he left this material world on the 17th of August 1999 at the age of 72 he would live in the hearts of people who were closely associated with him.


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