The state government has roped in ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan as advisor for metro projects being undertaken across the state.
Sreedharan has shared his expertise to build the 200-km metro network in the National Capital and the 741-km Konkan Railway through difficult terrain.
He will now advise metro project executing agencies in case they come across any hurdles, particularly technical ones, in the course of undertaking the projects.
“We have appointed Sreedharan for the post of an advisor-cum-consultant and will sign a formal agreement with him soon. However, he will not look into routine developments. Whenever we will come across hurdles or major technical problems, we will approach him. We will also consult him for other aspects such as financial model and planning,” said a senior bureaucrat.
Sreedharan has always opposed development of metros on public private partnership (PPP) mode.
In 2010, he criticised the Mumbai Metro, developed on PPP mode, saying “it is heading towards a financial disaster”.
He had been consistently stating that both the Centre and the state government should have a 50:50 participation in the project.
The state government now has taken up a metro project in the state on a cash-contract basis with financial assistance from global financing agencies.
The state government has undertaken the development of the 170-km Metro network in the MMR.
In order to expedite its execution, the state government has insisted on constructing elevated corridors for all new Metro projects.
Except the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro 3 project, all the other planned metro corridors are elevated.
The Metro network development project is pegged at Rs1 lakh crore.