E Sreedharan’s name missing from list of dignitaries for Kochi Metro inauguration, Kerala writes to PMO

Kochi Metro Rail Limited managing director Elias George, who will deliver the welcome address, has also not been given a seat on the dais.

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:June 15, 2017 5:36 am
In an open letter published in his website, Mohanlal said Kerala needed Sreedharan’s leadership and he should continue to lead the projects.

With ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan’s name missing from the list of dignitaries who will be on the dais when Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the Kochi Metro on Saturday, the Kerala government has written to the Prime Minister’s Office and urged 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 that he will not be on the dais when the first Metro train rolls out officially has sparked a controversy in Kerala, where the project has been riding on the image of the ‘Metro Man’, as Sreedharan is popularly called.

As per the programme cleared by PMO, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and local legislator P T Thomas were among others not included among guests on the dais. The state government had reportedly given a list of 17 people who it wanted to share the dais with Prime Minister Modi. The list included Sreedharan, Chennithala, Thomas and Chief Secretary Nailin Netto, among others.

But the schedule ratified by the PMO has names of six people, besides Modi, who will be on the dais during Saturday’s programme. These are Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala’s Transport Minister Thomas Chandy, local MP K V Thomas, and Kochi Mayor Soumini Jain.

Of them, only Modi, Vijayan and Naidu are slated to address the function. Kochi Metro Rail Limited managing director Elias George, who will deliver the welcome address, has also not been given a seat on the dais.

Reacting to his exclusion from among guests on the dais, Sreedharan said he has no complaints. “I would certainly attend the function,’’ he told the media. Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said Kochi Metro is “our baby” and thus “we will not boycott” the inauguration. “Kochi Metro is a dream project of Kerala. Its inauguration should be held without any controversy. It was up to the government to decide who should be invited for the event,’’ the Congress leader said.

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  1. S
    Jun 15, 2017 at 10:59 am
    NO-MO fans blindly believe NO-MO is an epitome of THE BEST. these are a few of THE BEST, as world sees, has to quit or side-lined under NO-MOs watch. RAGURAM RAJAN(RBI), Amritya Sen , Gopalakrishna Gandhi (IIAS), Anil Kakodkar (IIT), sANDI Trivedi (TIFR) etc etc and remember the people replaced a few of them..people like Gajendra Chauhan and people who believe COW has genes of godly particles and motherly particles. In fact UPA brought in a few of the Best people and NO-MO didn't like because they knew their JOB .
  2. A
    Jun 15, 2017 at 10:53 am
    PM should his megalomania and penchant for publicity with all issues and non issues.he should have instructed PMO to remove venkiah Naidu , Kochi mayor and Kerala transport minister t Chandi from the list and included E Sridharan. Whwre is the common sense with any one sitting in PMO with out knowing the damage it is causing to the PM himself. Kerala BJP leaders are more concerned of their image than improving the image of party.Kummannam is a waste and good for only hartal and protest march.
  3. M
    Jun 15, 2017 at 10:47 am
    Why does the Govt get into silly controversies like this?Everybody in the country knows that Shri Sridharan is the father of metro revolution in the country.Some Babu in PM office might have inverdently or deliberately omitted his name This may be rectified immediately and the controversy buried.
  4. M
    Jun 15, 2017 at 9:46 am
    E Sreedharan should be President candidate of India for his great service to the nation.
  5. S
    Jun 15, 2017 at 9:43 am
    For NAMO fans, anything and everything from PMO is THE TRUTH AND THE BEST. In fact NO-MO is demeaning himself by excluding THE METROMAN, as he is known in India. The whole Kerala, India stand in respect to this man who has ensured such projects, which helps millions, get completed in time , within the budget and in world class. But for PMO, NO-MO is the only concern. What else to expect from this Government who took away the money from poor claiming this will stop corruption.
  6. T
    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:55 am
    Modi only shares "space" with Fatty-Shah, Business-Tycoon Ramdev Baba, Leg-flaunting Heroines in Berlin, and Foreign Leaders .......anybody else is a threat to his I-Me-Myself image !
  7. M
    Jun 15, 2017 at 7:53 am
    It is high time, capable and visionary people like Sreedharan, Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Kochaouseph Chittilappilly, P C Cyriac, Yousuf Ali, P G Jayakumar and many more like them in Kerala join together to bring out a change and get rid of the corrupt Congress, party dictatorial Communists,ultra communal BJP and Muslim League. I am sure they will get support from majority of people in Kerala. There is no other hope.
  8. S
    S A
    Jun 15, 2017 at 6:54 am
    What a shame? How can one forget the service rendered by this great man to our nation? Whoever is responsible for this fiasco must be taken to task? If the government do not take immediate corrective action and apologies for this mistake, Keralites must boycott the inauguration. It is long overdue to honour him with Bharat Ratna for the services he rendered to our country while all common and non-en ies are decorated with this le.
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