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A Civil Engineers’s innovative idea which saved crores of tax payers’s money

While scores of Indian youth qualify to become Engineers every year, only few of them try out innovative ways and applications of Engineering.

In 2007, a Civil Engineer found the need of major repairs of heavy RCC structures. He explored and examined that most of the RCC structures suffered from hollowness, falling of concrete, cracks and increase in permeability with the passage of time. During his exploration he came across a worn out bridge, that Government Engineers were planning to demolish and reconstruct, with the budget running to 7 crores. He used this opportunity and presented them an alternative to repair it at a cost of 1 crore. At first, the government engineers mocked at his cognition, but when he insisted, they tried to test his confidence, by asking him to give a Bank Guarantee of 1 crore. While the innovative Engineer on one hand wanted to prove his point, on the other hand he realised that a small mistake can result in bankruptcy. Driven by confidence and the urge to make it big, the Engineer accepted the challenge. Using the method of guniting and epoxy grouting to mend regular concrete work, he repaired the bridge within the estimated budget. Putting the bridge to all kinds of tests, the Government Engineers were forced to acknowledge the feat. And soon the name Er. Sanjeev Sachdeva was echoing in the corridors of Government Civil Infrastructure departments.

Sanjeev Sachdeva
Sanjeev Sachdeva

The quality of Sanjeev’s work, brought more and more opportunities at his doorstep. The Chief Minister of M.P praised his servitude, and Sanjeev was assigned the task of repairing 6 other major bridges and 40 culverts.








When asked to express his ideas for the looming engineers of our country, Sanjeev said that the most important thing an engineer should keep in mind while serving society, is quality of work and avoid falling prey to corruption and unethical actions.

“You should have that streak of self believe and determination to transact your dreams, to do distinctive endeavours”, says Sanjeev Sachdeva, the Civil Engineer, who believes that the way to get started, is to Quit Talking and Begin Doing !!


Story by : Nikhil Sharma and Tanima Chakraborty


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