|E Sreedharan ( Elattuvalapil Sreedharan/ Metro Man )
||12 June 1932 (age 88)
||Karukaputhur, Madras Presidency, British India
|Wife ( Spouse )
IRSE Officer (Retd.)
||$4 - 5 million ( estimated)
||4 - Ramesh, Shanthi Menon, Achyuth Menon, M. Krishnadas
||Victoria College, Palghat ( Civil Enginieering )
||Awards Padma Vibhushan, Padma Shri, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, G-Files awards, Y.Nayudamma Memorial Award,Several honorary doctorates.
Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, may be a former Indian Engineering Service officer, who is additionally fondly referred to as ‘Metro Man’. He served because the director of Delhi metro, from 1995 to 2012 and through this era Konkan Railway and Delhi Metro are built under his leadership. this is often one among the foremost important milestones within the Transportation history. He has received most honourable award like, ‘Padma Shri’, in 2001, ‘Padma Vibhushan’, in 2008 and ‘Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’, in 2005, from the govt of India.
Early life, Family and Education
E. Sreedharan was born on 12 June 1932 in Karukaputhur within the present Thirthala constituency in the state of Kerala, Palakkad district] to Kaizavettil Nilakandan Mousath and Ammulumma. His primary education was from Government Lower Grade School Chaitnur near Pattambi in Palakkad district. He completed his education at the Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Lyceum and then visited Victoria College in Palghat. He later completed his engineering degree from Sarkar Engineering College, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, which is currently called JNTUK.
E. Sreedharan and T. N. Seshan was a classmate at BEM High School and Victoria College in Palamkad. Both were selected for engineering at JNTU Kakinada, a university during a port city in Andhra Pradesh, however, e. Sreedharan decides to pursue it, while T. N. Seshan decides to disrupt Madras Christian College (MCC)
Career and Important Projects
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 3 months. Sreedharan was put in-charge of the execution and he restored the bridge in only 46 days. The Railway minister's Award was given to him in recognition of this achievement.
Kolkata Metro - In 1970, because the deputy chief engineer, he was put responsible of the implementation, planning and style of the Calcutta metro, the primary ever metro in India. Sreedharan not only completed this much heralded project but also laid down the inspiration of recent infrastructure engineering in India. He was began this post in 1975.
Cochin Shipyard Limited - When Sreedharan joined the Cochin Shipyard in October 1979, it had been undergoing a phase of unproductivity. the assembly of its first ship MV Rani Padmini had been delayed for an extended period. When Sreedharan took over, he turned the fortunes of the shipyard around and made sure its first ship was built while he was its chairman and director (CMD). In 1981, under Sreedharan's leadership, the shipyard launched its first ship, the MV Rani Padmini.
Delhi Metro - He was made the director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation by then Delhi Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma and by mid 1997 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 for his grand success in executing the completion of the Delhi Metro. He was particularly known for isolating his projects from political pressures and influences and winning political commitments for fast execution of projects. He had announced that he would retire by the top of 2005, but his tenure was further extended 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.
Kochi Metro - After his retirement from DMRC, Sreedharan has been appointed as Principal Advisor of the Kochi Metro Rail Project. Initially, the project faced hurdles when an issue broke out with the govt announcing a worldwide tender process for Kochi Metro, instead of letting DMRC handle the consultancy and project execution as Sreedharan and DMRC had initially asked for. Vested interests within the government are alleged during this decision. Kochi metro was finally unveiled on 17 June 2017 amidst much celebrations. the revealing of the metro was considered a landmark event in India in terms of completion time, control systems used and initiatives like employing transgender people,vertical gardening, respecting migrant labourers, and use of solar energy .
Lucknow Metro - Sreedharan has also been appointed as Chief Advisor for the Lucknow Metro As per E. Sreedharan, Kochi metro was inbuilt four years whereas Lucknow Metro are going to be completed during a period of two years and nine months, which would be the fastest in India and therefore the world till now.
Political - On 18 February 2021, Sreedharan joined the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the 2021 Kerala Legislative Assembly election . Now he is the Chief Minister Candidate of BJP from Kolkata.