Wanted to quit, but Yogi Adityanath won’t allow: Sreedharan

“He (Adityanath) said ‘I’m not allowing you to resign. In fact I’m also adding Varanasi, Agra and Meerut... and also Gorakhpur’,” said Sreedharan, seated in the conference room of the DMRC office in Kochi, on Thursday afternoon.

Written by Somya Lakhani | Kochi | Published: July 21, 2017 4:00 am
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With the intention of reducing his work load, 85-year-old E Sreedharan visited Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath last month to offer his resignation from the role of advisor to the Lucknow and Kanpur Metro projects. But he returned to Kochi with more work. “He (Adityanath) said ‘I’m not allowing you to resign. In fact I’m also adding Varanasi, Agra and Meerut… and also Gorakhpur’,” said Sreedharan, seated in the conference room of the DMRC office in Kochi, on Thursday afternoon.

Sreedharan, known as Metro Man to many for his supervision of various Metro Rail projects, said that while surveys have begun in Gorakhpur, Agra and Meerut, “the first phase of the 10.5-km line of the Lucknow Metro is ready and waiting for inspection from the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety”.

Giving an update on the Metro plan in UP, Sreedharan informed that the “depot is ready in Kanpur” and the “project report of the Varanasi Metro is ready but has to be revised”.

He said: “Yogi wasn’t happy with the report. He doesn’t want any kind of construction to come up near the temple. It’s going to be underground and should be a light metro — fewer coaches with less vibration and noise.”

While many cities are working on Metro projects, Sreedharan believes there is still a long way to go. “China is constructing 300 km every year, we are only doing 22 km. If cities have to survive, it is essential to have the Metro. We should do at least 200 km per year.” Sreedharan spoke about a variety of subjects, including the RInFra-DMRC arbitration, speculations around his Presidential nomination and the pace of Metro expansion in India.

Regarding rumours of his presidential nomination, he laughed it off with “I was never approached…it was all media speculation. You can’t be the president of a country at 85!”

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  1. Sridhara Hiriyannaiah
    Jul 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm
    Sreetharan is the present day VIsweswaraya.
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      Lovely
      Jul 22, 2017 at 8:38 am
      First world metro was commenced in London in 1875. Ours in Calcutta in 1975?
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      1. SUMIT KUMAR
        Jul 22, 2017 at 4:30 am
        go die man who cares ? Many country started metro even when you was not born donkey. Even India had tram system in city
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          Lovely
          Jul 22, 2017 at 8:35 am
          I think you are first man to call him names. Are you Phaki? You are small a man to comment about this legend.
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            Aflatoon
            Jul 24, 2017 at 2:09 am
            You are either a or sympathizer from India who thinks you guys were from Arab or a Sickular. I pity you because your language says it all about your background. Cowards like you can stay away from our newspaper. I pity you because you have none other then poking your dirty nose. Its your burnol time. "tum jitna jaloge utna Bharat ke liye accha hoga".
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            Srinivasan
            Jul 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm
            Mr. Sreedharan deserves Bharat Ratna. Can it be conferred to him in his life time?
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            1. SUMIT KUMAR
              Jul 22, 2017 at 4:31 am
              Many country started metro even when you was not born donkey. Even India had tram system in city. Award for what ?
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                J. N. Ravi
                Jul 22, 2017 at 5:32 pm
                Your views and comments are highly malicious. I sympathise your foolish bent of mind.
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              vatsal
              Jul 21, 2017 at 3:25 pm
              'vidwan sarvatra pujyate'. This is true of Dr. Sreedharan Sir. Nation respects him. The best point is for the nation, there are persons like our PM/Yogiji whose heart beats for the country. They would not let go talents. 'Karmasu Koushalam' is what is yoga. Expertise and finesse in what ever one does. Just like Atalji spotted Dr. Kalam for being President of India, Modiji has spotted Mr. Kovind. I am sure he will also be a torch bearer President. Better days for "bharat varsha".
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