‘Don’t make it a controversy, not disappointed’: Sreedharan on his name missing from Kochi Metro event

The Kerala government on Wednesday had sent a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office urging it to reconsider the decision and include him among the guests.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:June 15, 2017 1:02 pm
Sreedharan is principal adviser to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which completed the project in four years

A day after news emerged that ‘Metro Man’ E. Sreedharan’s name was not on the list of dignitaries who will be on the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration of Kochi Metro, Sreedharan sought to downplay the incident on Thursday saying he was not disappointed and that security of the Prime Minister is important. In a statement to news agency ANI, Sreedharan said, “Don’t make it into a controversy. Security of PM is important, must follow what security agency says. I am not disappointed.”

The Kerala government on Wednesday had sent a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office urging it to reconsider the decision and include him among the guests. Sreedharan is principal adviser to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which completed the project in four years. News of his name missing from the list of dignitaries to be present on the dais with the Prime Minister sparked a controversy in Kerala, where the project has been riding on the image of the ‘Metro Man’, as Sreedharan is popularly called. Also read: E Sreedharan’s name missing from list of dignitaries for Kochi Metro inauguration, Kerala writes to PMO

The programme, which was cleared by PMO, also did not include names of Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and local legislator P T Thomas among guests on the dais. The state government had reportedly sent a list of 17 people who it wanted to share the dais with PM Modi. Some names included Sreedharan, Chennithala, Thomas and Chief Secretary Nailin Netto, among others.

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    Sankaran Krishnan
    Jun 15, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    What a respectful comment from the Metro Man and he proved beyond doubt that a Technocrat is an Technocrat by answering that Security of PM is more important than anything else which is nothing but a gentleman's reply !!!
    1. M
      Jun 15, 2017 at 3:49 pm
      A very good clarification by the main person. The media in Kerala used this opportunity to create rift between Mr. Sreedharan and Union Government. In Kerala, the Vatican funded and Left Leaning Media went all out trying to bring disrepute to BJP and Union Government. Kerala Media is heavily biased against BJP but is very soft and accommodating towards Communists, Christian Congresses and Muslim League. Using this opportunity, Kerala Media's primary aim was to create ill will against BJP in the mind of Keralites. The State of Kerala with 38,863 Sq. Kms of Area(1.5 per cent of India) ,3.3 Crs population(2.75percent of India) is very, very small when compared to remaining states of India but has the highest share in unemployment(7.2percent))and outward migration for Job Opportunities.It is high time that Kerala Media becomes more unbiased and fair in reporting and political debates rather than be a tool in the hands of Vatican funded parties and opportunistic Communists.
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        BAPTY.s Seshasayee
        Jun 15, 2017 at 2:45 pm
        Shocking Metro God of Bharath Mr E.Sreedharan not on Dais with MODIJI" .Mr ERS has gone beyond all these small things but sad Bjp, is not insisting on this Simple Decorum For INDIAS great railway man MR ERS. Thank u.
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          Joykutty Cherian
          Jun 15, 2017 at 2:44 pm
          It is very pity that Honorable Prime Minister of India is projecting himself as the only person to be watched everywhere he goes. Mr. Sriddharan, an octogenarian who toiled much for the metro project has been sidelined because of egoism.
          1. V
            Jun 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm
            Nothing honourable is sharing dais with LDF or UDF.
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              Ramu Nair
              Jun 15, 2017 at 2:37 pm
              Where was Late Mr.Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on 14/15 August 1947 when India gained independence from British because of this great man. He was protesting against communal violence and fasting at Naokhali. The Congress government and its leader Nehru was harping "freedom at midnight" and "tryst with destiny" the monumental speech in the parliament. Since Mr.E.Sreedharan is from Kerala and very well known for his discipline and teamwork, everyone wants him to sit on the stage. The communist infested West Bengal during the 1970's also built a metro without Mr.Sreedharan in Kolkatta. I was part of the team, a minuscule position. Despite all the trade unions and other "spanner in the work" NGOs they completed it. Did they make a big show?Metropolitan Transport Project (Railways) (MTP) was set up in 1969.[5] The MTP (Rlys), with help of Soviet specialists (Lenmetroproekt) and East German engineers, prepared a master plan to provide five rapid transit (metro) lines for the city of Kolkata.
              1. P
                Jun 15, 2017 at 3:46 pm
                Hey Bhakt Nair, it was PM Modiji's team who denied Mr Sreedharan, stop running away from the issue by diverting to different stories. BJP is ruling Haryana and Madya Pradesh, it doesn't look too good over there? I hope up visit these place ketto
              2. V
                Jun 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm
                God proved that Mr. Sreedharan is above all in all respect. Wish him best. If you can't give due credit to a person who has done a commendable job one day you will get it in same coin back.
                1. S
                  Jun 15, 2017 at 2:20 pm
                  This is how India respects its technocrats
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                    Joykutty Cherian
                    Jun 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm
                    More than respecting technocrats, it is the egoism that sidelined Mr. Sridharan. We should watch who is ruling India.
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