New Delhi: Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan,
who demits office on December 31, will not head the proposed
Kochi Metro Rail project, contrary to speculation in his home
state of Kerala that he has been chosen for the job.
The Congress Government in Kerala has been very keen on
using the services of Sreedharan, who revolutionised the way
Delhi travels through Metro, for building a similar new age
transport system in Kochi.
"No, no," Sreedharan said when asked whether he will be
heading Kochi Metro, the approval for which is likely to be
given by the Union Cabinet soon.
"Kochi Metro will be handled by the Delhi Metro. If I am
here, yes, I will be involved. If I am not here I don`t get
involved," he told news agency.
The comments by 79-year-old `Metro Man` puts at rest all
speculation about his heading the project which envisages
constructing a nearly 20-km Metro network.
Speculation was rife for the past few months that
Sreedharan would head the Kochi Metro after he steps down as
the Managing Director of Delhi Metro on December 31, 2011.
Chief Minister Oomen Chandy had also expressed his
interest in roping in experts like Sreedharan for the Metro
However, Sreedharan gave ample indications that he was
not going to take up any offer after his tenure comes to an
He said he was eager to go back to his village in
Thrissur district and spend his post-retirement days there
with his family.
Sreedharan joined Indian Railways in 1953 and headed the
Konkan Railway project after his retirement and finally he was
made the Managing Director of the DMRC in 1995.