E Sreedharan, the superstar engineer who presented Delhi with its state-of-the-art Metro, wants to build a similar train service in his home-state Kerala, but apparently the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and some lobbies aren't too enthused by his plan.
It's shocking that the hindrance to Sreedharan's leadership role, that is delaying the take-off of the Rs. 5100 crore Kochi Metro, comes from the same organisation that he built and nurtured.
Post Delhi Metro, Sreedharan had become a legendary son-of-the-soil in the state and was projected as the alternative name for Kochi Metro. The government had sought his assistance in the planning stages itself and he agreed with a promise of completing the project within a pre-set period. Both the state and the engineer wanted the new rail system to benefit from the expertise of DMRC.
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