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Sreedharan (born 12 June 1930) is an Indian engineer and politician from the Indian state of Kerala. He is credite with changing the face of public transport in India with leadership in building the
Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro while he served as the managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) between 1995 and 2012.

Known as the Metro Man, was awarde the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2001 Padma Vibhushan in 2008, Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 2005 by the French government
one of Asia’s Heroes by Time magazine in 2003. Sreedharan was appointe by former
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to serve on the United Nations’s High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport (HLAG-ST) for a period of three years in 2015. He is a member of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. He briefly served as a national executive council member of Bharatiya
Janata Party, but later quit from active politics in December 2021.

Early Life

E. Sreedharan was born on 12 June 1932 in present-day Karukaputhur, Palakkad District, Kerala,
India into a Hindu Malayali family. to Keezhveettil Neelakandan Moosath and Ammaluamma
His primary education was from Government Lower Primary School Chathannur near Pattambi
in Palakkad district. 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 degree from the Government Engineering College, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh,
presently known as Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.

Career as a professor

For a short period, Sreedharan worked as a lecturer in Civil engineering at the Government
Polytechnic, Kozhikode and a year at the Bombay Port Trust as an apprentice.
He subsequently joined the Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE), after clearing the Indian Engineering
Services Exam in 1953 conducted by the UPSC. His first assignment was in the Southern Railway as
a Probationary Assistant Engineer in December 1954.

Government career

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 repaire while Sreedharan’s boss, under whose
jurisdiction the bridge came, reduced it to three months. Sreedharan put in-charge execution
restored the bridge just 46 days. The Railway minister’s Award given to him recognition of achievement.

Kolkata Metro

In 1970 the deputy chief engineer was charge of implementation,
planning and design of the Calcutta metro, the first ever metro in India.
Sreedharan not only completed this much heralded project but also laid down
the foundation of modern infrastructure engineering in India. He was take post in 1975. E. shreedhara was the First Metro man

Konkan Railway


He was promote as general manager, Western Railway in July 1987, and in July 1989 elevated to the post of Member Engineering, Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India. On his retirement in June 1990, the Government made it clear it still neede his services and he was appointe 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 under taken 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 involve tunnelling through soft soil. The total project covered 760 km and had over 150 bridges. That a public sector project could complet without significant cost time over runs was considere an achievement by many Konkan Railway has been covere in Extreme Railways program.
Chris Tarrant as one of the most difficult railway project to have been constructe in the world.

Delhi Metro

He was made the managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation by then Delhi Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma and by mid 1997 all the schedule sections were complete by their target date or before 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. His stint in the Delhi Metro has been considere so successful and crucial to India that in 2005, he was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by the government of France, and the Padma Vibhushan by the government of India in 2008. There were also demands by prominent political figures that Sreedharan be awarded the Bharat Ratna, the most prestigious civilian award in India. 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 end 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 appointe as Principal Advisor ofthe Kochi Metro Rail Project. Initially, the project face hurdles when a control very broke out with the government announcing a global tender process for Kochi Metro, ratherthan letting DMC handle the consultancy and project execution as Sreedharan and DMRC had initially ask for.Veste interests in the government have been allege in this decision. However, several political parties came out in opposition of the move, and backe Sreedharan’s decision in enforming DMRC’s role in the Kochi Metro, after which the government reverse its stance.Kochi metro was finally unveile on 17 June 2017 amidst much celebrations.The unveiling of the metro was considere a landmark event in India in terms of completion time, control systems used and initiatives.

Lucknow Metro

Sreedharan has also been appointe as Chief Advisor for the Lucknow Metro As per E. Sreedharan, Kochi metro was built in four years whereas Lucknow Metro will be complete in a of two years and nine months, and that be the fastest in India the world till now. such as employing transgen people,vertical gardening, respecting migrant labourers,and use of solar power. E. shreedhara was the First Metro man

Other Metros

He has been advising for the Jaipur Metro as well as DMRC has undertaken its implementation. He has also been appoint as advisor for a proposed Metro rail system in Andhra Pradesg in the Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada (VGTM) areas, under the leadership of the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu He has also been advisor for Coimbatore Metro.

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