Metro Man says bye after 14 years in Capital
The Delhi Metro chief, 79-year-old Metro Man E Sreedharan, has finally hung up his boots on Saturday evening. Three days ago, he refused to take over the Kochi Metro project. Subhendu Ray reports.delhi Updated: Jan 01, 2012 00:59 IST
The Delhi Metro chief, 79-year-old Metro Man E Sreedharan, has finally hung up his boots on Saturday evening. Three days ago, he refused to take over the Kochi Metro project.
Perceived as a disciplined, principled and spiritual man, Sreedharan gave last-minute suggestions to his officers on crisis management at the auditorium on ground floor of the Metro Bhawan.
“During his last address, which was first of its kind, he thanked all his employees for being supportive and also suggested that they kept the spirit up,” a source said.
Days before retirement, Sreedharan, in his last major move as the DMRC chief, decided to introduce wheel-less Maglav trains during the third phase of Metro expansion project.
Sreedharan retired from Western Railway as member (engineering) in June 1990 and was made chairman and managing director of the Konkan Railway project. He joined Delhi Metro on November 5, 1997.
During his tenure in Delhi Metro he was given four extensions and built a 190-km network in Delhi and the NCR and began work on another 117-km network.
After his 14-year-long inning as the Delhi Metro chief that saw mostly ups and a very few downs, Sreedharan now plans to settle down at his native village in Palghat district in Kerala where, sources said, he had already refurbished his house.
The Metro Man formally handed over charge to his colleague Mangu Singh, a civil engineer, in a very brief and low-profile event at the Metro Bhawan in the Capital. Only a few senior officials of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation were present on the occasion.
“He flew back to Delhi from Chennai on Saturday evening after holding important meetings with the Chennai Metro authorities and directly came to Metro Bhawan to formally sign charge hand-over,” said a Delhi Metro official.