E Sreedharan Current Affairs - 2019
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved setting up of committee to lay down standards for metro rail systems in the country. The committee will be headed by E Sreedharan (famously known as metro man of India) who is credited for changing face of public transport in India with his leadership in building Konkan Railway and Delhi Metro.
The committee will recommend standardisation norms for various components of Metro rail systems that are currently imported. It look into all aspects rather that than evolving standards for each component separately. It will come up with uniform standards for various components that will be followed by metro rail systems across the country.
The uniform standards for metro rail systems across the country are aimed at cutting costs in construction and operation of metro rail systems in the country. It will aid in manufacturing of various components of metro rail systems domestically, giving boost to government’s Make in India policy. It will bring India to international standard, where every metro has same standards, same signaling system and track gauge, etc.
Metro Man Elattuvalapil Sreedharan has been invited to the United Nations’ High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport (HLAG-ST).
He has been invited by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to serve on his HLAG-ST for a period of three years. Mr. E Sreedharan has accepted this offer.
About Elattuvalapil Sreedharan
- Mr. E Sreedharan was born on 12 June 1932 in Palakkad district of Kerala.
- He is a retired Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer.
- Achievements: He is credited for changing the face of public transport in India. Under his leadership, Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro projects were completed on time.
- He was given the sobriquet of Metro Man by the Indian media for his grand success in executing the completion of the Delhi Metro on time and with stipulated budget.
- Awards: He has been conferred with Padma Shri (2001), Padma Vibhushan (2008) and French Government’s Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (2005)