Mr Mukuteswara Gopalakrishnan

Secretary-General Honaraire, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage(ICID), New Delhi

Areas of Interest:

Dams, Spillways and related appurtenant structures, Hydro power Planning and Designs, Storage Reservoir & Flood Management and flood forecasting
Hydrology, and hydraulics of water resources development, Design of Canal and irrigation structures
Earthquakes and aseismic design aspects of Dams,
Precision water application for Agricultural water management


Water Resources Development and Management; Hydropower Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering

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Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Entrepreneurs, Law Enforcement Agencies

Major Professional Contributions:

Mr. M. Gopalakrishnan is well-known to entire water resources engineering fraternity as an ace designer and planner of dams, barrages and other hydropower, Irrigation & Drainage projects. His noteworthy world class dam and hydro project was Tehrirockfill dam and 1000 MW hydro power in Uttarakhand, of 262m. high with unique features and a desgn to ensure safety against earthquakes of high Magnitudes, also with some rare and bold design concepts for flood evacuation systems like shaft Spillways with nearly 220m. fall spiral flows.

Over 140 dams of varying sizes in India and abroad were either designed or reviewed for project appraisal by Er. Gopalakrishnan in the Designs and Research wing of Central Water Commission, Government of India during his 36 years of service; For 6 years in between, he served on Foreign Assignment in Nigeria's RBO, as Chief Irrigation Expert.

In his tenure in International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, he contributed to technology development and transferlike Country Policy Support Programme(CPSP), with a basin modelthat considers land and water integrally to address future needs of environment and development; he had been instrumental for a closer coordination of ICID matters with other global organizations with water connectivity like IUCN, OECD, UN DESA, GWP. He is a member of TAC of World Water Assessment Programme under UNESCO.

Professional Experience:

  • Secretary-General Honaraire, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage(ICID), New Delhi (2003-11)
  • Coordinator, GoI's Interlinking of Rivers Task Force headed by Sri Suresh Prabhu (2003)
  • Member Central Water Commission & Ex Officio Addl Secy to GoI (2002-3)
  • Chief Engineer Designs Central Water Commission (1996-02)
  • Central Water Engineering Services in various other ranks (1967-96)

    Overall, 50 years in the profession of civil engineering that cover all aspects of it, Harbour& Docks (1963-67)
  • Water Resources – Planning, Design, Investigation and implementation, hydrology data acquisition with field net works, flood forecasts )
  • Served in several apex committees; serving as Chair / Member of several HLCs of Government, PSCs)
  • World Bank Consultant)


Concrete, Earth and Rockfill Dams, Spillways, Hydro Power Engineering, Tunnels, Geotechnical Challenges for foundation of WRD structures, Aseismic Design of Dams, Hydrology, Hydraulic and Canals and water conductors.


Contact Information


Independent Consultant
Permanent Address:
DI/12, Janakpuri, New Delhi 110058, India
Phone + 91 11 28524495, Mobile +91 9811301279

Stays partly in Bengaluru & temporary Address:
001 B, ZED Collective Apartments, Off Dodaabellapur Road, (near Presidency School)
Avalahalli, Yelahanka North Bengaluru 560064
Phone: +91 08 29725043, +91 9538923627

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  • Grad IE(Ind)/ AMIE ,Civil Engineering, 1963, Institution of Engineers(India)
  • P.G. Dip (Hons), Water Resources, 1975, Institution of Engineers(India)
  • M.E (Hons), Water Resources, 1976, University of Roorkee


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Life Time Achievement Award of AAWRE – Conferred with Honorary Diplomate Hon Dip WRE, 2010
  • Water for Life Award, UNESCO Jury & TAC, 2011
  • Governor, World Water Council, 2004-06
  • President, Indian Water Resources Society 2005-09
  • TAC Member, UNESCO world Water Development Programme, 2007

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated I: Civil Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2012

Year of Birth: 1943