Metro trains have made people’s lives easier by visiting distant destinations. At least, it gives us relief from the traffic snarls and scolding from strict bosses for not being on time. Every few minutes we see the running of metro trains with the mentioned destinations. The advantage of this transport that we have been experiencing is all because of one genius mind that deserves a heartfelt thanking. He is E. Sreedharan’s Net Worth.
If there is anyone to be credited for changing the face of public transport in India, in bringing up Konkan Railway as well as Delhi Metro, then it is this Indian engineer from Kerala who took the onus under his leadership. From 1995 to 2012, Sreedharan worked for DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) as managing director.
Sreedharan’s full name is Elattuvalapil Sreedharan. Owing to his great contribution in innovating the idea of Metro trains in bringing comfort to Indian travelers, he is called as ‘Metro Man’. His efforts made him become the recipient of prestigious honors with Padma Shri in 2001 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008 by the Indian government.
He also got honored with a prestigious title from the government of France. In 2003, Sreedharan’s name came to the list of heroes from Asia in Time magazine. He was even honored by Ban Ki-Moon, the former secretary-general of the United States. The appointment demanded Sreedharan to take the responsibility of Sustainable Transport on the High-Level Advisory Group of the United Nations. Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has also appointed him as a member.
You must be knowing E. Sreedharan as Metro Man owing to his remarkable contribution in bringing Metro trains to Indian states. But are you aware of his early life, career, earnings, etc? If not, then today find all in this article.
|E. Sreedharan & Metro Man
|12th June 1932
|Place Of Origin:
|Karukaputhur, Palakkad district, Kerala
|89 years old
|Civil Engineer (Retired)
|Total Net Worth:
|$4 – 5 million (estimated)
Metro Man E. Sreedharan was born in 1932 on 12th June in Karukaputhur, Kerala. He belongs to a Hindu Malayalam family. He did his education at a school in Palakkad district in Kerala. After passing out of higher secondary school, Sreedharan joined Victoria College in Palghat. Later on, he went to a reputed engineering college in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. Currently, it is called Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. There he earned his degree in civil engineering.
You will be surprised to know that both E. Sreedharan and T. N. Seshan had been classmates at both BEM High School, and a college in Palakkad. Both the geniuses made it to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Andhra Pradesh. But E. Sreedharan decided to pursue engineering here, whereas, T. N. Seshan joined MCC (Madras Christian College).
Sreedharan is married to Radha Sreedharan. Both are parents to four children including one daughter Shanthi Menon, and sons Achyuth, Ramesh, and M. Krishnadas.
Before becoming the Metro Man, E. Sreedharan began his career as a lecturer in the subject of civil engineering, at Government Polytechnic, Kerala. He also worked as an apprentice at the Bombay Port Trust. After that, he cleared the engineering UPSC exam in 1953 and joined IRSE (Indian Railway Service of Engineers). His initial appointment came in December 1954 as Probationary Assistant Engineer at Southern Railway.
During the year 1964 in December, a natural calamity in the form of a cyclone devastated the Pamban Bridge that links Rameshwaram to Tamil Nadu. And so came the deadline set by the Railways in fencing the bridge under 6 months under the leadership of E. Sreedharan. He took the onus and got the bridge revamped in 46 days. His dedication and sincere efforts got acknowledged when honored with The Railway Minister’s Award.
Becoming ‘Metro Man’
Then started his journey of becoming the Metro Man when in 1970, he became the deputy chief engineer, when being given the task of execution, strategy, and curation of the Calcutta metro, that became the first metro service to have launched in India. Not only did Sreedharan finish this assigned project, but also established the advanced engineering structure in India.
Sreedharan became part of Cochin Shipyard in 1979. It was under the phase of unfertile output. It took much delay in the production of MV Rani Padmini, the first ship of the latter shipbuilding company. But when it came under the leadership of E. Sreedharan, the ship project was launched in 1981. At that time, he held the post of CMD.
In July 1987, Sreedharan was promoted to the post of general manager at Western Railway, and after two years became Member Engineering at Railway Board, and official secretary to the Indian government. In 1990 he retired, but his skills were still needed for Konkan Railway. And for that, he was appointed as CMD on contract by George Fernandes, who was the railway minister in 1990. Do you know Konkan railways holds the record of the most cumbersome constructive project in the world?
Later on, he proved his prowess with finishing the project of Delhi Metro and earned the title of ‘Metro Man’. At that time he was the managing director of DMRC appointed by the late. Sahib Singh Verma in 1997. With his commendable efforts and contribution, he became the recipient of honorary titles like Padma Vibhusan and Bharat Ratna. He was also awarded the honorary French title ‘Knight of the Legion of Honour’.
After serving for a long decade of sixteen years in Delhi Metro, the Metro Man E. Sreedharan retired in 2011 on 31st December. But even after his retirement, he was still appointed as principal advisor for the Kochi Metro project. He did face hardships that came from political interference. But finally, the Kochi Metro project got introduced on 17th June 2017 with much celebration. Sreedharan also took initiatives in other metro rail projects including Lucknow Metro.
E. Sreedharan’s Net Worth
Coming on to the net worth of Metro Man E. Sreedharan, it is estimated around $4 – 5 million. He had earned his fortune with his determination, hard work, and the number of projects he had been connected with. However, the net worth mentioned is an estimation. There are not many clear facts about his earnings plus exact net worth.