E. Sreedharan

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Elattuvalapil Sreedharan
Born (1932-06-12) 12 June 1932 (age 82)
Palakkad district, Kerala, India
Other names Metro Man
Alma mater University College of Engg., Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada
Occupation Former Managing Director of DMRC
Known for Konkan Railway, Delhi Metro and Other Related Rail Developments
Awards Padma Vibhushan
Delhi Metro

Elattuvalapil Sreedharan is a retired Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer popularly known as the "Metro Man". He served as the Managing Director of Delhi Metro between 1995-2012 and was chosen for prestigious Lokmanya Tilak Award 2013.

Early life[edit]

E. Sreedharan was born on 12 June 1932 in the Palakkad district of Kerala. His family hails from Karukaputhur, near Koottanad, part of Thrithala legislative assembly, Palakkad district, Kerala. He completed his education at the Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School and then went to the Victoria College in Palghat. He later on completed his Civil Engineering from the Government Engineering College, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh known as JNTUK. He, along with his wife Radha, have four children.

Career as a lecturer[edit]

For a short tenure, he worked as a lecturer in Civil engineering at the Government Polytechnic, Kozhikode and a year at the Bombay Port Trust as an apprentice.

Later he joined the Indian Engineering Service (IES), after clearing ESE-1953 conducted by the UPSC. His first assignment was in the Southern Railway as a Probationary Assistant Engineer in December 1954.

Government career[edit]

Pamban Bridge

In December 1964, a cyclone washed away parts of Pamban Bridge that connected Rameswaram to mainland Tamil Nadu. The Railways set a target of six months for the bridge to be repaired while Sreedharan's boss, under whose jurisdiction the bridge came, reduced it to three months. Sreedharan was put in-charge of the execution and he restored the bridge in just 46 days.[1] The Railway minister's Award was given to him in recognition of this achievement..

Kolkata Metro[edit]

Main article: Kolkata Metro

In 1970, as the deputy chief engineer, he was put in charge for implementation, planning and design of Calcutta metro, the first ever metro in India. He retired from Indian Railways as Member Engineering in 1990.

Cochin Shipyard Limited[edit]

Main article: Cochin Shipyard

Cochin Shipyard launched MV Rani Padmini, the first ship it built, when he was its Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), in 1981.

On Contract[edit]

The 1,319 m (4,327 ft) long Konkan Railway bridge across the Zuari river in Goa.

Konkan Railway[edit]

Main article: Konkan Railway

Though he retired, the Government needed his services and he was appointed the CMD of Konkan Railway on contract in 1990 by the then railway minister, George Fernandes. Under his stewardship, the company executed its mandate in seven years. The project was unique in many respects. It was the first major project in India to be undertaken on a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) basis; the organisation structure was different from that of a typical Indian Railway set-up; the project had 93 tunnels along a length of 82 km and involved tunneling through soft soil. The total project covered 760 km and had over 150 bridges. That a public sector project could be completed without significant cost and time overruns was considered an achievement by many.

Delhi Metro[edit]

Main article: Delhi Metro

He was made the Managing Director of Delhi Metro and by mid-1997 by the Delhi Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma[?], all the scheduled sections were completed by their target date or before, and within their respective budgets. Sreedharan was given the sobriquet of Metro Man by the media. In 2005, he was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by the government of France. He had announced that he would retire by the end of 2005, but his tenure has been extended by another three years to oversee the completion of the second phase of Delhi Metro.

After 16 years of service with the Delhi Metro, Sreedharan retired from service on 31 December 2011. After his retirement from DMRC, Sreedharan has been appointed as Principal Advisor of the Kochi Metro Rail Project and Chief Advisor for proposed Lucknow Metro project.[2][3]

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