Thiruvananthapuram : ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan may represent Kerala in the next government if Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister.
Reports state that Modi would like the technocrat to implement his mission of transforming the railways. He has already hinted at his plan to upgrade the railways by connecting the major cities with bullet trains.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in Kerala do not rule out the possibility of Sreedharan joining the Modi cabinet as a junior minister. A senior leader in the state said Modi was keen on people with a track record of getting things done efficiently and fast.
A retired Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer, Sreedharan had proved his mettle by building the metros in Kolkata and Delhi and the Konkan Railway. Modi has been all praise for Sreedharan for transforming the urban transportation in the country. He had even recommended the country’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna for the technocrat.
Sreedharan, who is now engaged in building the metro at Kochi, has also lauded Modi for his ability to take quick decisions and implement them. Endorsing Modi’s candidature for prime minister’s post in March this year, Sreedharan had hoped that his leadership would hasten the government’s decision making process.
Sreedharan had cited the factory Modi government set up at Salvi in Vadodara district for making metro trains as a good example of his ability to take fast decisions. He pointed out that the factory was set up in a record time of 18 months.
It is not clear whether Sreedharan will take up the task. A major factor is his age. He will cross 82 in June. Sreedharan was not immediately available for comment. However, sources close to him said that he was not averse to taking up certain specific time-bound projects.
Reports said Modi is planning to induct Sreedharan as a junior
minister in a new ministry that he proposes to form by merging the ministries of surface transport and railways. Sreedharan may be in-charge of the railways.