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Sreedharan Simraan.jpgRight on track-Sreedharan
 An inspiration to many, famously called the 'Metro Man', he is known for his commitment to work and sure-footed managerial skills.
E Sreedharan, 79, managing director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, commands the respect and admiration of several engineering aspirants in the country. He is known for his commitment to work and immaculate managerial skills. He started his career as a lecturer in civil engineering at the Government Polytechnic, Kozhikode followed by a job at the Indian  Railways .
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.
metro man tanyapahwa.jpg DELHI METRO: He was made the managing director of Delhi Metro and by mid-2005 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 title of Metro Man by the media. In 2005, he was awarded the Chevalier da la Legion 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 had been extended by another three years to oversee the completion of the second phase of Delhi Metro. In July 2009, Sreedharan resigned as the managing director DMRC, taking moral responsibility for the collapse of an under-construction bridge (at Zamrudpur near Amar Colony) that killed five people. However, due to popular demand, Delhi's Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit rejected Sreedharan's resignation, and he withdrew it a day later. Sreedharan stated after his withdrawal that he will ultimately be quitting from his position but only after the completion of the Phase II of the Delhi Metro Project.
After 16 years of service with the Delhi Metro, Sreedharan retired from service on 31st December, 2011.

 

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