Study In India
Engineering and other allied sectors-Ellatuvalapil Sreedharan
The Metro Man, managing director of Delhi Metro, Padma Shri by the Government of India (2001), Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India (2008), Bharat Shiromani (2005), AIMA award for Public Service Excellence (2003), Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award for professional excellence in engineering (2002), CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) Juror's Award for leadership in infrastructure development (2002-03).

Ellatuvalapil Sreedharan, needs no introduction. He is from Perungode in Palaghat district of Kerala. . He was a classmate of T. N. Seshan, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India in school. He studied at the Victoria College in Palghat and then graduated as an engineer from the Government Engineering College, Kakinada (now JNTU)

He started his career as a lecturer in Civil engineering at the Kerala Polytechnic in Kozhikode and a year at the Bombay Port Trust as an apprentice, he joined the Indian Railways in its Service of Engineers. in December 1954.

In 1963, a huge tidal wave washed away parts of Pamban bridge that connected Rameshwaram to mainland Tamil Nadu. The Railways set a target of six months for the bridge to be repaired while Sreedharan's boss, under whose jurisdiction the bridge came, reduced it to three months. Sreedharan was put in-charge of the execution and he restored the bridge in 46 days. In 1970, as the deputy chief engineer, he was put in charge for implementation, planning and design of Calcutta metro, the first ever metro in India. He retired from Indian Railways in 1990.

The Government needed his services and he was appointed the CMD of Konkan Railway on contract in 1990. Under his stewardship, the company executed its mandate in seven years. The project was unique in many respects. It was the first major project in India to be undertaken on a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) basis; the organisation structure was different from that of a typical Indian Railway set-up; the project had 93 tunnels along a length of 82 km and involved tunneling through soft soil. The total project covered 760 km and had over 150 bridges. That a public sector project could be completed without significant cost and time overruns was considered an achievement by many.

He was then made the managing director of Delhi Metro and by mid-2005, all the scheduled sections were completed by their target date or before and within their respective budgets. He had announced that he would retire by the end of 2005, but his tenure has been extended by another three years to oversee the completion of the second phase of Delhi Metro. Recently he was called in Pakistan for development of the Lahore Metro plan.