NAGPUR: E.Sreedharan, a Padma Vibhushan awardee famous for executing prestigious mega railway projects, has expressed alarm over the slow progress of various railway and infrastructure projects in the country.
Addressing the officials of Central Railway and South-East Central Railway (SECR) on Saturday, Sreedharan said that a decision that should be taken in eighteen hours takes eighteen months. “India’s infrastructure is in a bad shape and we can’t afford such delays. The Konkan Railway and Delhi Metro proves that projects can be completed even before time in this country,” he said, pointing out his achievements. He was invited by railway officials to deliver a talk on ‘Challenges before government officials in present day scenario‘.
“We had acquired land of 43,000 farmers for Konkan Railway. Still the project was completed before time. A lot depends on railway officials. They should be punctual and honest. They should value the time of others,” he said.
The ex-member of railway board said that he was pained to see the level of corruption in railways today. “It exists at every level and has given a bad name to the organization. Each and every employee must take pride in his or her organization and refrain from committing any wrong act,” he remarked.
Sreedharan stressed that honesty and hard work pay in the long run. “When I joined railways I was transferred twenty times in first fifteen years because I refused to do wrong things. But I did not surrender my morals. Finally the prime minister himself realized the value of hard work.
“There was a conspiracy to remove me from a big railway project as I was not considered pliable. However, the then prime minister Narasimha Rao was personally supervising the project and the PMO summoned me. I talked to the senior officials and the railway ministry’s orders were cancelled,” he proudly said.
Dr Meera Arora, who compered the programme, said that railway officials of Nagpur would urge the government in their personal capacity to confer Bharat Ratna on Sreedharan.