‘Metro Man’ Sreedharan will be present on stage for Kochi Metro inauguration

Sreedharan, who serves as the principal advisor of the DMRC, has been associated with the Kochi Metro project from the beginning.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 15, 2017 4:25 pm
sreedharan, kochi metro, kochi metro inauguration, kochi metro opening, kerala metro, e sreedharan, DMRC, kochi metro news ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan has been given clearance to be on the inauguration stage of Kochi Metro on June 17

E Sreedharan, popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’ for steering Delhi Metro and now the Kochi Metro projects, will be on the inauguration stage when Prime Minister Narendra Modi green-flags the first train of the metro corridor in the Kerala city this Saturday. Sreedharan’s inclusion on the stage was approved by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) after the Kerala government wrote to it requesting the same. Opposition leader in the Kerala Assembly, Ramesh Chennithala also got the clearance to be present on the stage.

As per the earlier approved list from the PMO, the Prime Minister, Governor, Chief Minister, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, K V Thomas, MP, Transport Minister Thomas Chandy and Mayor Saumini Jain are the seven persons who will be on the dais at the inaugural function, according to an official release. KMRL Managing Director Elias George, who will give the welcome address, will also not be on stage.

Kochi Metro, Narendra Modi, E Shreedharan, Metro Man A Kochi Metro train leaves Changampuzha Park station during its trial run in Kochi, India, June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Sreedharan, who serves as the principal advisor of the DMRC, has been associated with the Kochi Metro project from the beginning. In fact, after the controversy erupted, Sreedharan said he was not disappointed or upset at not being included on the stage. He said restrictions are often put in place at events attended by the prime minister by the SPG.

The first phase of the metro project from Aluva to Palarivattom, a 13 km stretch comprising 11 stations, will be inaugurated Saturday by the prime minister in Kochi. This is the eighth metro project in the country and the first in a tier-II city. The second phase of the project will see an extension of 13 kms and 11 more stations to Thripunithura.

City authorities are planning to include bus networks and ferries as additional feeder networks to the Metro to give commuters seamless options to travel.

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  1. A
    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:18 am
    Atlast better sense prevailed on the PMO.Sreedharan is one of the msot dynamic leader who steered the railways with the revolutionary konkan railway thru record time and against all odds.But for sreedharan Delhi would have never seen metro which incidently is now the world No1 .It is the dirty polticians who are jealous of his acheivement who are trying to side line this octogenarian karma yogi who dedicated his life for development and innovation.My humble request to Modiji is he should honour this gentlemen immediately.More over henceforth Modiji should interfere with the PMO if they are crossing their lakshman rekha.Sreedharan is an ideal candidate to be our next president.
    1. T
      Jun 15, 2017 at 7:50 pm
      Sreedharan is a true Indian who is very practical innovative and hard working patriot who strongly believe India is a strong self depended desh ... Unlike other hard liner Hindus he is one among very few who practically show the life instructed by Baghvat gita ... Am a Muslim But very impressed by his at ude and the way he explained he lives like it was taught in gita ... Wot I read in an article ..salute u sir
      1. S
        Jun 15, 2017 at 7:44 pm
        It is shame that PMO asked - who is sreedaran? Don't know delhi mtero man?
        1. S
          shiravanthe sridhar
          Jun 15, 2017 at 9:33 pm
          Who has told you that PMO asked like that ,don't create news from sickular media like Islamic express.
          1. M
            Jun 16, 2017 at 1:42 am
            why are you lying? who told you this?
          2. M
            Jun 15, 2017 at 5:41 pm
            Salute to this man! He proved nothing is impossible.
            1. T
              Thobla Ghanti
              Jun 15, 2017 at 5:23 pm
              Changed the everyday life of millions of people.
              1. T
                Thobla Ghanti
                Jun 15, 2017 at 5:21 pm
                A true Bharat Ratna
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