New Delhi: E Sreedharan, who is famously known as ‘Metro Man’ for engineering Delhi Metro and many similar projects across the country, is all set to make his political debut with BJP to contest the Kerala election, due by May.
The 88-year-old ‘Metro Man’ said he will formally join the party during its ‘Vijay Yatra’ in the state from Sunday.
“I have decided to join the BJP, just official formalities remain,” Mr Sreedharan told media from his hometown Mallapuram. “I believe in the issues the party is raising and I am against blind opposition by political parties nationally.”
On the possibility of contesting the Kerala election, he added, “I am open to contest elections if the party wants.”
Upon being asked about his decision to join politics after a long and successful stint steering some of the country’s biggest metro and railway projects, Mr Sreedharan said: “I want to use my time and experience in making a difference.”
In 2011, the Padma Shri (2001) and Padma Vibhushan (2008) awardee engineer retired as chief of the Delhi Metro, however, he is still involved in other metro projects in the country such as in Jaipur, Lucknow and Kochi.
Mr Sreedharan came in the spotlight when he worked on restoring the historic Pamban bridge in Tamil Nadu, the link between the island Rameshwaram and the mainland, after it was damaged by a cyclone.
After he retirement in 1990 as a senior railway engineer, he was drafted into the mega Konkan Railway project that proved his skills as an efficient executor. The mega project, cutting through almost impossible terrain, was completed in a fourth of the time initially assessed for the project.
Given to his merits in 1995, he was handed charge of the Delhi Metro project, which