WATCH: ‘Metro Man’ Sreedharan gets loudest cheers at Kochi Metro inauguration

There were loud cheers and whistling in the audience as Sreedharan's name was mentioned as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others looked on.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 17, 2017 6:21 pm
PM Narendra Modi with E Sreedharan and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (Image: PRD/Kerala govt)

E Sreedharan may have needed the state government’s intervention to get a place on the dais for the Kochi Metro inauguration but when he did, the loudest cheers of the audience were reserved for him. So much so that KMRL MD Elias George, while mentioning Sreedharan’s contribution, had to wait for several seconds for the applause to die down during his address.

Towards the end of his welcome address, George said, “I would be remiss if I did not specifically welcome Dr Sreedharan…(heavy applause)…who is one of India’s most distinguished engineers and a source of inspiration for all Indians. None of us are in any doubt that our Metro would not have been completed today without his dedication and commitment. I have great pleasure in welcoming you, sir, to this function.” There were loud cheers and whistling in the audience as Sreedharan’s name was mentioned as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others looked on.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu also mentioned Sreedharan’s contributions in their speeches at the inauguration function.

The names of Sreedharan and Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala were approved by the PMO in the list of dignitaries on the dais after the state government requested the same. However, the ‘Metro Man’ himself said that he was not disappointed that his name was ruled out in the initial list. “I am here only with all of you,” he had told reporters.

Sreedharan, who served as the DMRC’s managing director between 1995 and 2012, came on to the Kochi Metro project as a principal advisor. He said that he will not be involved in the phase – 2 of the Metro’s construction as KMRL is equipped to work on it.

There were also rumours that Sreedharan was being considered as the NDA candidate for President though he himself quashed the rumours.

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  1. S
    Jun 18, 2017 at 5:50 am
    May be the reason why PMO office initially deleted his name from the dignitary list, as there intelligent input inform that Shri Sredharan got loudest cheers
    1. S
      SK Gupta
      Jun 17, 2017 at 11:51 pm
      If he is not made President, he must atleast be given the Bharat Ratna !! No-one deserves it more !!
      1. R
        Jun 17, 2017 at 10:23 pm
        Sridharan is no doubt a national treasure. He deserves a Bharat Ratna for showing India how to carry out such big projects corruption free, under budget and on time. However, he is too old to be our president.
        1. M
          Jun 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm
          He deserved the applause. He should be conferred Bharat Ratna also.
          1. S
            Sankaran Krishnan
            Jun 17, 2017 at 8:12 pm
            Naturally the Technocrat will gets a loud cheers and we the people will always recognize the services rendered by whomsoever and it is good to honour him for his stupendous work towards Metro Rail projects across various Indian Cities !!!
            1. V
              Jun 17, 2017 at 7:50 pm
              If only Goi had spent 100crores as prize for Electric cars, metro is not needed. 10000s crores wasted. All cities want metros. EVs are smaller, less space, clean air. Aping West is bad. Wasteful, debt too. Don't plan huge cities. Industrial townships, water, sewerage need new thinking! Efficiency, clean cool cities better. PMji EV programme must have a 100crore prize. In 2025,we can be free of oil, no metro debt
              1. T
                Jun 17, 2017 at 7:48 pm
                Dr.Sreedharan 🙏🏼👍🏼
                1. M
                  Jun 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm
                  It is high time, capable and visionary people like Sreedharan, Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Kochaouseph Chittilappilly, P C Cyriac, Yousuf Ali, P G Jayakumar (only few examples, I know) 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, Muslim League and family parties such as Kerala Congress etc. I am sure they will get support from majority of people in Kerala and can even set an example for rest of India. There is no other hope.
                  1. C
                    Cha Cha
                    Jun 18, 2017 at 1:32 am
                    The challenge with Kerala is nothing this partynor that but the Christian white supremacist slave owner of Brown converted Christians and the terrorist Islam both playing a big role in corruption. The ultra communal slave owner racist mafia Faschist church interferes in every day life. And then off course the foreign money brought by Christian rapist church and the terrorist Islam plays its own roles.
                    1. K
                      Jun 18, 2017 at 2:51 am
                      All the waste load that you threw here shows you are not a keralite. So don't poke your nose where it doesn't belong. Keep your sanghi mindset where you belong and don't try push it further south of western ghats. we are a breed far apart from your ilk.
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