Srinagar, Mar 10: The Government of Jammu Kashmir has approved the appointment of Dr. Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, the ‘Metro Man’ as the Principal Advisor to the two Mass Rapid Transit Corporationsin the State.
The Government has recently approved setting up of two Mass Rapid Transit Corporations in the State, namely the Jammu Mass Rapid Transit Corporation and the Srinagar Mass Rapid Transit Corporation for the two capital cities of the State.
Dheeraj Gupta, IAS Principal Secretary to Government, Housing & Urban Dev. Department is the Chairman and Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, ÍAS is the Chief Executive Officer/MD of the two Mass Rapid Transit Corporations.
These Corporations will have Administrative Secretaries of Finance Department, Transport Department, Chief Executive Officer, J&K ERA, Additional Chief Executive Officer/MD, Mass Rapid Transit Corporations Jammu/Srinagar, nominee of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Govt of India and other experts with the Board, said an official handout.
“While thinking anything about the Mass Rapid Transit systems in India, the first name which comes to everybody’s mind is of Dr. Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, a retired IES (IRSE) officer, Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan, popularly known as “Metro Man”, who is credited for changing the face of public transport in India with his leadership of building Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro,” said the handout.
He was also appointed by the former UN Secretary General Kan-Ki-Moon to serve on the United Nations High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport (HLAG-ST) for a period of three years in 2015 and has vast experience in the implementation of mass rapid transit systems within the country..
The appointment of Dr. Sreedharan as Principal Advisor to the two Corporations will give the impetus to efforts of the State Government, said the handout.