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We are delighted to present Mr.V.L.Roche as our Personality of the month.


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

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.


Barkur, located in Udupi Taluk, Karnataka, India. 576 210

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