“Sreedharan completed Delhi Metro with more a Passion and intense attachment to the project than mere a duty and brought Metro Rail revolution in the country. Various other Metro Rail systems in different cities today are practicing his style for smooth execution” says Mulayam
Lucknow (LKO): Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday demanded India’s highest civilian honour ‘Bharat Ratna’ to be given to Metro man E Sreedharan, saying he had already written to the Centre in this regard.
At a foundation-stone laying programme in Lucknow for the north-south corridor of the metro rail project, he said it was only befitting that Bharat Ratna is bestowed on Sreedharan. “I demand Bharat Ratna to Sreedharan, who has given a gift to the country in the form of Delhi Metro. I will write a letter to the centre in this regard,” Mulayam said on the occasion of foundation laying ceremony of Lucknow Metro.
Sreedharan, who is considered the man behind the success of Delhi Metro, is associated with Kochi Metro Rail Corporation and Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation as an Principal Advisor. He was awarded with Padam Vibhushan in May 2008.
Sreedharan, was recently appointed Principal Advisor to the Lucknow Metro project, addressed the gathering via video conference from his village in Kerala. He said Uttar Pradesh has taken a right and encouraging decision to take up the metro project in Lucknow and assured that the project would be completed in time.
After laying the foundation stone, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that once the metro starts running, the face of the city will change forever.
He said one of the priorities of his state government was to create a strong infrastructure.
The first phase of the metro is likely to be completed by 2017, officials said.