V L Roche


Fort Nandaraj, BARKUR - 576210

Mr. V. L. Roche, a great personality of Barkur, a freedom fighter was born in Moodahadu (Pandeshwar) Village on 15th February 1924 and he passed Metric examination in 1943 at Milagres High School, Kallianpur. During World War II in 1943 he joined the Army and associated himself in the freedom movement.

He joined construction industry in 1947 as Surveyor in M/s Hindustan Construction Co. Ltd., at Igatpuri Tunnels for the former G. I. P. Railways. Many mega projects are attributed in his credit, to name a few:

1. Pipe line formation to a length of one mile in the sea and other allied Sea Erosion Protection works for the Bombay Port Trust connected with two refineries.

2. As works manager for M/s Canara Construction at Gandhi Sagar Dam in Chambal Hydel Project in Madhya Pradesh.

3. As works-in-charge for Patel Engineering Co. Ltd., in connection with the first underground power house in Koyna Hydro Electric Project.

4. As Sub-contractor to M/s R. J. Shah & Co., Talai Tunnel in Khandwa Hingoli Railway Project for Central Railway.

5. The work of Malali Tunnel at Sharavathi Valley Project in the year 1960-1962.

6. Kulshekar Tunnel in Mangalore Hassan Railway Project, Mangalore Panamboor Harbor line & he first tunnel of Konkan Railway.

7. Sea erosion protection work on west coast at Sasi Hithlu at Mangalore Taluk, Kasabakodi in Kundapur Taluk, Kodi Bengre, Hoode etc in Udupi Taluk.

He became the President of Barkur Education Society (Regd) in the year 1978 which is running 2 Primary Schools, 1 High School, 1 Junior College and an I. T. I.

He is also involved in almost all intra-religious activities in and around Barkur.

During the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of St. Peter's Church Barkur he served as the Honorary President of the committee.

On the occasion of his 78th Birthday, he is being honored publicly in Barkur by the Education Institutions on 15th February 2002. We along with the Parish Priest and Parishioners of St. Peter's Church, Barkur wish him good health and peaceful retired life.

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