Sreedharan was known by the completion of the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro project. In both cases the projects were within budget and were completed ahead of schedule.
E. Sreedharan comes from the village Karukaputhur in Palakkad district in Kerala. The last name Elattuvalappil shows his allegiance to the Tharavad this area of Kerala, a sort of landed gentry. He was a classmate of TN Seshan, the former country of India Returning Officer (Chief Election Commissioner of India). Later he studied at Victoria College in Palakkad and graduated as an engineer from the Government Engineering College, Kakinada (now Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, JNTU ). After a short time as a lecturer in Civil Engineering at Government Polytechnic, Kozhikode and a year at the " Bombay Port Trust " as an apprentice he began after a nationwide selection process his work in Indian Railways as an engineer. His first tasks he took over the Southern Railway as " auxiliary engineer on trial" in December 1954.
1964, a cyclone swept parts of Pamban Bridge that connects Rameswaram on Pamban Island to the mainland Tamil Nadu to continue. Railways set a target re- commissioned within six months, which shortened Sreedharans supervisor at three months. The project was transferred Sreedharan, who established the bridge within 46 days again, for which he was awarded the Railway Minister 's Award. In 1970, he was deputy chief engineer responsible for planning, design and implementation of Metro Kolkata used, the first high-speed railway project in India. During his time as " Chairman and Managing Director " (CMD ) of the shipyard in Kochi whose first ship, the " Rani Padmini " was launched. In 1990 he left his post as a pensioner as an engineer with the Indian Railways.
Working as a freelance consultant
Although retired, he won the government in 1990 as CMD of Konkan Railway. For seven years, the company was under his leadership. The new-build railway track was breaking new ground in many ways. It was the first major project in India, based on a "Build - Operate - Transfer" (BOT) procedure was performed. The organizational structure more clearly from other Indian railways. Over a distance of 82 km 93 tunnels were build, some of them by soft ground. The overall project included 760 km distance and 150 bridges. This is a public construction project without major cost overruns and time delays could be realized, was regarded by many as a great power.
Subsequently, he was Managing Director of the Delhi Metro, where he was instrumental made sure that by 2005 all planned sections were opened to or even ahead of schedule and the planned budget was not exceeded. For this he was given in the media nickname "Metro Man ". Him the title of Knight of the Legion of Honor was awarded in 2005 by the French government. Although he had announced to go into retirement in late 2005, his work has extended for another three years to oversee the second phase of the expansion of Delhi Metro. A request of the United Arab Emirates in 2005 to lead the construction of the Metro in Dubai, he refused with regard to its tasks in Delhi. Recently he was asked by the Pakistani government to direct the construction of Metro in Lahore.
Honors and Awards
- Railway Minister 's Award (1963 )
- Padma Shri by the Government of India (2001)
- Man of the Year of The Times of India ( 2002)
- Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award for outstanding professional engineering work (2002)
- CII ( Confederation of Indian Industry ) Juror 's Award for leading the Infrstrukturentwicklung ( 2002-03 )
- One of Asia 's Heroes by TIME ( 2003)
- AIMA ( All India Management Association ) award for excellence in the public sector (2003)
- Dr. rer. nat. H.C. by IIT Delhi.
- Bharat Shiromani award by the Shiromani Institute, Chandigarh (2005)
- Knight of the Legion of Honour by the French Government (2005)
- CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2007: Public Service ( 2008)
- Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India (2008)