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Gem of Structural Engineering- Er E. Sreedharan

 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:54 pm    Post subject: Gem of Structural Engineering- Er E. Sreedharan Reply with quote

Elattuvalapil Sreedharan (Malayalam: എലാട്ടുവളപ്പില്‍ ശ്രീധരന്‍; born 12 June 1932-)









SPEED AND DISCIPLINE E. Sreedharan, back home in his village, raring to make the metro dream real Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

Early life

E. Sreedharan was born on 12th July, 1932 in the Palakkad district of Kerala. His family hails from Karukaputhur, Near Koottanad Palakkad district, Kerala. He completed his studies at the Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School and then went to the Victoria College in Palghat. He later on completed his Civil Engineering from the Government Engineering College, Kakinada (known as JNTU). He, along with his wife Radha, have four children.
Lecturer

For a short tenure, he worked as a lecturer in Civil engineering at the Government Polytechnic, Kozhikode and an year at the Bombay Port Trust as an apprentice.

Later he joined the Indian Railways in its Service of Engineers. His first assignment was in the Southern Railway as a Probationary Assistant Engineer in December 1954.
Government career
Pamban Bridge
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In 1963, a cyclone washed away parts of Pamban Bridge that connected Rameshwaram to mainland Tamil Nadu. The Railways set a target of six months for the bridge to be repaired while Sreedharan's boss, under whose jurisdiction the bridge came, reduced it to three months. Sreedharan was put in-charge of the execution and he restored the bridge in just 46 days. The Railway minister's Award was given to him in recognition of this achievement.

Kolkata Metro

In 1970, as the deputy chief engineer, he was put in charge for implementation, planning and design of Calcutta 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 retired from Indian Railways as Member Engineering in 1990. Sreedharan also has an advisory board slot at a new Foundation for the Restoration of National Values. Business tycoon Ratan Tata and a former chief justice of India are serving, too. The foundation aims to "bring in good values in all areas of national life, to cleanse corruption in high places," says Sreedharan.

Konkan Railway

Though he retired, the Government needed his services and he was appointed the CMD of Konkan Railway on contract in 1990 by the then railway minister, George Fernandes. Under his stewardship, the company executed its mandate in seven years. The project was unique in many respects. It was the first major project in India to be undertaken on a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) basis; the organisation structure was different from that of a typical Indian Railway set-up; the project had 93 tunnels along a length of 82 km and involved tunneling through soft soil. The total project covered 760 km and had over 150 bridges.

The 1,319 m  long Konkan Railway bridge across the Zuari river in Goa.

That a public sector project could be completed without significant cost and time overruns was considered an achievement by many.

Delhi Metro

After 16 years of service with the Delhi Metro, Sreedharan retired from service on 31st December, 2011. His successor is Mangu Singh, who is an Indian Railways Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer of the 1981 batch.
Awards and accolades


  •     Railway Minister's Award (1963)
  •     Padma Shri by the Government of India (2001)
  •     Man of the Year by The Times of India (2002)
  •     Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award for professional excellence in engineering (2002)
  •     CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) Juror's Award for leadership in infrastructure development (2002–03)
  •     One of Asia's Heroes by TIME (2003)
  •     AIMA (All India Management Association) award for Public Service Excellence (2003)
  •     Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris causa) from IIT Delhi.
  •     Bharat Shiromani award from the Shiromani Institute, Chandigarh (2005)
  •     Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by the government of France (2005)
  •     CNN-IBN Indian Of the Year 2007: Public Service (2008)[6]
  •     Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India (2008) 51525
  •     D.Lit. By Rajasthan Technical University, Kota, Rajasthan, in 2009
  •     Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris causa) from IIT Roorkee, 2009
Man of tomorrow
P. Anima

E. Sreedharan doesn't rest on his laurels as each new day brings on new challenges,



The pretty ancestral home in white and green nestles in a bylane in Ponnani, a taluk in Malappuram District. Kuttipuram, the nearest railway station, is about 20 kilometres away. The building is over 70 years old, the same plant has sat in the same pot for over 50 years and the portrait of the family head is nailed to the wall. In here, nourished by the past, E. Sreedharan, the most popular civil engineer in the country, draws up audacious plans for the future.


This was meant to be his “retirement” in his home State. “But I seem to have jumped from the frying pan to the fire,” jests the 79-year-old, clad in a crisp white shirt and mundu, sandalwood paste drawn in an unsteady line on his forehead. After 16 years as the chief of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Sreedharan stepped down in December last year. By then the Delhi Metro had completed two phases, become the benchmark for efficiency and wiped away the travel woes of a million commuters.


Back home


But back home he was met with more unfinished dreams. The Government of Kerala wanted Sreedharan to be the anchor for its Kochi Metro project, the monorail projects in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram, and also the nascent plan for a high-speed rail corridor to bring the North and the South of the State closer.


“I feel an emotional attachment to these projects since I have been involved with them since its inception. And having sold the idea of a high-speed rail corridor, I feel a moral responsibility to see it through,” he says.


First train journey


It has been an eventful journey for the young boy from Akalanam, a village near Pattambi. “I used to be fascinated by trains and I remember my first train journey from Pattambi to Kozhikode with my father. We had to walk to the station, which was 10 kilometres away, to catch the morning train. We started the previous day, stayed at a friend's place and then took the train,” he says, tracing the beginning of his enduring passion. That was in 1940 and the journey to his sister's place in Koyilandy, with whom he stayed during his schooling in Kozhikode and Palakkad. His classmate at BEM High School and Victoria College in Palakkad was T.N. Seshan, former chief election commissioner.


“There were two of us from the Malabar who got through for engineering that year, Seshan and I. While I joined for engineering in Kakkinada (Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University), he did not take up engineering and instead joined the MCC (Madras Christian College),” remembers Sreedharan.

Saga of success


After his course and a short stint at the Kozhikode Polytechnic Institute as a teacher, he joined the Indian Railways to begin an enduring saga of successful projects.

Through the re-building of the Pamban bridge in Rameswaram in the 1960s to making the architectural wonder, the Konkan Railway and the technologically advanced Delhi Metro, Sreedharan built a reputation for integrity and efficiency. Analysts study him as a model for leadership, dissecting thread-bare his every initiative.

But Sreedharan keeps things simple. “It is a question of creating proper environment at work, about motivating the employees on every occasion. I have been a government employee for 36 years in the Railways,” he reminds us. At the DMRC, an employee on hiring is given training in yoga and breathing exercises.


Yoga and discipline


“There are refresher courses too. Yoga helps them in being disciplined, increases energy, keeps them motivated and healthy,” he adds. Each employee on his/her birthday would receive a cheque of Rs 1,000 along with a card signed by Sreedharan, and the same goes for weddings and other occasions.


Integrity, loyalty and trustworthiness rank high among Sreedharan's pre-requisites. When a bridge under construction collapsed in Delhi killing five, he took moral responsibility and resigned. “I did not apportion blame and it was great comfort to my people,” he says.

For public good


Sreedharan never loses sight of the goal of a project — the public good. “When we started the Delhi Metro many thought it would be a white elephant. Its implementation, they said, would disrupt life in the city like it did in Kolkata during the metro construction. But things worked out smoothly even when we were digging tunnels underneath. We planned everything in advance. It would be that way if you have a deep concern for the convenience and comfort of the people,” he says.
Half-century career
Over a career spanning half a century, Sreedharan kept pace with technological leaps in the field, especially with the metro. “I went around the world and did my homework. We have to know our limitations. If we don't have expertise in some field, we should not be ashamed about borrowing or purchasing it from outside,” he says.

If retirement is meant to be the ticket to slowing down, Sreedharan's life proved otherwise. In his sixties, he plunged headlong into the Konkan and Delhi Metro projects. “I see it as part of a divine dispensation to do service to the nation. I never looked at these assignments as opportunities for employment or earning money. I remember my interview for the DMRC post. The chief minister, lieutenant governor, chief secretary, transport minister and others were present. They asked me what my terms were for taking up the project. I told them there are no terms. I must deliver the project. I must have the power to choose my team and have no interference from politicians and bureaucrats,” says Sreedharan.

A project wins his total commitment, but once it is done Sreedharan believes in moving on. “I don't look back at the Konkan or Delhi Metro and feel proud about it.”

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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._Sreedharan
  • The Hindu
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:59 am    Post subject: Re: Gem of Structural Engineering- Er E. Sreedharan Reply with quote

Great to see one more Gem from India. There could be many more Gems beyond our knowledge horizon. . . Let's explore them. . . All readers of 'Gems of Structural Engg' series are requested to support this activity by providing more and more data, photos, references, incedences etc. of the Gems you have come across.

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Elattuvalapil Sreedharan (Malayalam: എലാട്ടുവളപ്പില്‍ ശ്രീധരന്‍; born 12 June 1932-)

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Gem of Structural Engineering- Er E. Sreedharan Reply with quote

It given me immense pleasure to inform that Dr. E. Sreedharan is awarded with one more National award for Yr. 2013, on the occasion of Birth centenary of Late Shri. Yashwantrao Chavan, a visionery and the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra after the division of Bombay State and the fifth Deputy Prime Minister of India.


Th selection committee consisted of Dr. Shri Anil Kakodakar, Dr. Shri Raghunath Mashelkar and a few more honorable personalities from India. During award function Dr. Kakodkar informed that, on suggestion of the name of Dr. E, Sreedharan, every one whole-heatedly accepted the same looking at the contribution made by Dr. Sreedhara at Konkan Railway and DMRC and now which he is going to make at Cochin Metro and a few more projects.


During the speech  given by Dr. Sreedhar, he emphasized on a point, that, "People say 'I' did it, but I never did it. . .but 'We' it". He acknowledged the efforts of expert team members who worked ceaselessly at Konkan Rly and DMRC project. Dr. E Sreedharan also accepted the debt toward his parent and society and declared that he would be donating all the money of this national award for social developments. The award given to doctor sahab is nothing but the award given to Civil engineering, isn't it !


And one notable thing to mention here is the function was totally different than the regular political gatherings.


so, Let's once again congratulate Dr. Sreedhar on behalf of Sefi, on this award and his high contribution towards nation building.


Regards
Vivek Abhyankar



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Dr N. Subramanian wrote:
Elattuvalapil Sreedharan (Malayalam: എലാട്ടുവളപ്പില്‍ ശ്രീധരന്‍; born 12 June 1932-)

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Gem of Structural Engineering- Er E. Sreedharan Reply with quote

Dear Er Vivek,

Great to know about this news! Thanks for sharing.
Even though one can not build such huge projects by himself, and requires the help and co-operation of several engineers, contractors, and others, Er Sreedharan gave  proper direction to these great projects and provided positive leadership! we need many more such persons in every field!

As you have rightly pointed out it is a great moment for Civil Engineers!

Regards,
NS
abhy_vivek wrote:
It given me immense pleasure to inform that Dr. E. Sreedharan is awarded with one more National award for Yr. 2013, on the occasion of Birth centenary of Late Shri. Yashwantrao Chavan, a visionery and the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra after the division of Bombay State and the fifth Deputy Prime Minister of India.


Th selection committee consisted of Dr. Shri Anil Kakodakar, Dr. Shri Raghunath Mashelkar and a few more honorable personalities from India. During award function Dr. Kakodkar informed that, on suggestion of the name of Dr. E, Sreedharan, every one whole-heatedly accepted the same looking at the contribution made by Dr. Sreedhara at Konkan Railway and DMRC and now which he is going to make at Cochin Metro and a few more projects.


During the speech  given by Dr. Sreedhar, he emphasized on a point, that, "People say 'I' did it, but I never did it. . .but 'We' it". He acknowledged the efforts of expert team members who worked ceaselessly at Konkan Rly and DMRC project. Dr. E Sreedharan also accepted the debt toward his parent and society and declared that he would be donating all the money of this national award for social developments. The award given to doctor sahab is nothing but the award given to Civil engineering, isn't it !


And one notable thing to mention here is the function was totally different than the regular political gatherings.


so, Let's once again congratulate Dr. Sreedhar on behalf of Sefi, on this award and his high contribution towards nation building.


Regards
Vivek Abhyankar



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