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Letter from Dikshit,Khanna’s request make Metro Man stay

On tenterhooks for a full day,Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials heaved a sigh of relief on Monday as the corporation’s chief,E Sreedharan,decided to withdraw his resignation.

Written by Sweta Dutta | New Delhi |
July 14, 2009 1:19:03 am

On tenterhooks for a full day,Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials heaved a sigh of relief on Monday as the corporation’s chief,E Sreedharan,decided to withdraw his resignation.

The ‘Metro Man’,as the 77-year-old technocrat is fondly called,decided to reconsider his decision following a letter from Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit late last night,and persuasion by Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna and Union Minister for Urban Development S Jaipal Reddy.

Sreedharan had owned “full moral responsibility” for the mishap at Zamrudpur on the Central Secretariat-Badarpur line on Sunday and submitted his resignation to Dikshit and Khanna.

After a Cabinet meeting on Monday,Dikshit said,“He (Sreedharan) has agreed to continue. We had requested him to continue.”

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But the day began on a tense note for DMRC officials as Sreedharan did not attend the routine Monday morning meeting of department heads,leading to speculation over whether he would take back his resignation. The chief minister had refused to accept it late last evening. The announcement of withdrawing the resignation came this afternoon.

Sreedharan made three visits to the accident site near Lady Shri Ram College to inspect the debris-removal operation. By midday,when cranes lifting the collapsed launching girder and cantilever fell,Sreedharan and senior officials rushed back to the site again.

After a brief visit,Sreedharan resumed work at the Metro Bhawan in the evening. But he did not make any official statements on Sunday’s accident and the mishap on Monday morning.

“The committee constituted to probe the incident has already begun work and a couple of experts in the high-level inquiry team have already visited the site,” DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said. “The report is due on July 22 but as of now our main concern is to clear the site at the earliest.”

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