Sri E Sreedharan
Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
Dr. E. Sreedharan is a technocrat, known for completing both the Konkan Railway and Delhi Metro projects within budget and ahead of schedule. In 1970, as the deputy chief engineer, he was put in charge of implementation, planning and design for Kolkata Metro, the first ever metro in India. Cochin Shipyard launched Rani Padmini, the first ship it built, when he was its Chairman and Managing Director (CMD). He was 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.
Some of the Awards and accolades: Padma Shri by the Government of India (2001), Man of the Year by The Times of India (2002), One of Asia’s Heroes by TIME (2003), Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris causa) from IIT Delhi, Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by the Government of France (2005), CNN-IBN Indian Of the Year 2007: Public Service (2008), Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India (2008), CNN-IBN Indian Of the year 2007 (2008).