Elattuvalapil Sreedharan is a retired Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer popularly known as the “Metro Man”. He is credited for changing the face of public transport in India by his leadership for building the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro when he served as the managing director of Delhi Metro between 1995 and 2012.
He was awarded the
- Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2001,
- Padma Vibhushan in 2008,
- Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 2005 and
- was named one of Asia’s Heroes by TIME magazine in 2003.
Recently he has been appointed to serve the United Nations’ High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport (HLAG-ST). He was invited by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to serve on his HLAG-ST for a period of three years.
In December 1964, a cyclone washed away parts of Pamban Bridge that connectedRameswaram 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. TheRailway minister’s Award was given to him in recognition of this achievement.
Cochin Shipyard Limited
The 1,319 m (4,327 ft) longKonkan Railway bridge across theZuari river in Goa.
Model of Kochi Metro rail station
Lucknow metro logo
After his retirement from DMRC, Sreedharan has been appointed as Principal Advisor of the Kochi Metro Rail Project. Initially, the project faced hurdles when a controversy broke out with the government announcing a global tender process for Kochi Metro, rather than letting DMRC handle the consultancy and project execution as Sreedharan and DMRC had initially asked for. Vested interests in the government have been alleged in this decision. However, several political parties came out in opposition of the move, and backed Sreedharan’s decision in enforcing DMRC’s role in the Kochi Metro, after which the government reversed its stance. In 2013, Sreedharan estimated that the Kochi metro would be ready by 3 years.
Sreedharan has also been appointed as Chief Advisor for the Lucknow Metro He has been advising for the Jaipur Metro as well as DMRC has undertaken its implementation. He has also been roped in as advisor for a proposed Metro rail system in Andhra Pradesh in the Visakhapatnam andVijayawada (VGT) areas, under the leadership of the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
Awards and accolades