Tribute: N. Ganapathi, engineer and contractor for city’s large projects

N. Ganapathi, (97 years) who served as engineer and contractor (ex – Tarapore & Co.) and a resident of Brindavan Street, Mylapore, from 1989 to 2021, passed away on May 15 in Hyderabad, where he was living with his son.

Hailing from Avanavancherry village, near Attingal, in Kollam district of Kerala, he  qualified as a civil engineer from Kerala University and subsequently came to Chennai to take up a job as JE in Madras PWD from 1950 to 1953. 

After that, he was engineer in charge for M/s Mysore Engineers, Chennai branch, where he constructed several prominent buildings like the Bank of Mysore building on NSC Bose Road, the Post Master General’s Office on Mount Road, the H shop factory of ICF, Perambur, etc. 

He then joined M/s Tarapore & Co., Madras, and constructed the RBI building in Fort Glacis, Chennai, etc.  He then set out on his own and constructed the CSI Church, Adyar, the Spastics Society building in Taramani, Pondicherry Paper Mills, Pondicherry and many buildings in IIT, Madras.

A devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, he was in charge of constructing many buildings in Puttaparthi, his family said.

He was well known in the sabha circuit of Chennai, being a committee member of Narada Gana Sabha and of Asthika Samajam, Venus Colony. 

He leaves behind his son Narayanamoorthy (9940081854) and  daughter-in-law Sarada (Hyderabad), daughter Chitra and son-in-law Anantharaman (Trivandrum) and their families.

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