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Motivational story| E. Sreedharan

Publsihed: Wednesday, 4 May, 2016 11:12 AM

E. Sreedharan – The Man Who Believes In Doing Just the Right Thing

Reading success stories of greatest professionals stimulates motivational enzyme within us and we all wish to emulate them on path of success.
Exactly with this aim MBA Rendezvous - India's content lead MBA website is presenting you series of success stories of Professionals who have carved niche in their own way and have become icons of Management Fraternity. 
Following above you will read today success story of Mr.E. Sreedharan  :  

A ‘Successful Shaktimaan’ often known as the metro-man, who now is  retired from his glorious services to the nation .The journey of a man from an engineer to a manager.
Elattuvalapil Sreedharan (born 12 June 1932) donned the position of  'The Managing Director' of  Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

The true face of a leader is someone who does what he believes is right irrespective of the adversities and challenges that come across. E. Sreedharan, 83 might have retired ages back and must be right now boasting his achievements to his grandchildren. But he chose not to do so. An individual with no fear in his heart to take up challenges, E-Sreedhraan built the Konkan Railway thus, reducing the distance between Mumbai and Kochi by one third. When everyone was considering this to be an impossible task, technologically not feasible and will be costing a lot of money, it was only one man who defied all arguments.

When we think of Indian Railways improvement we think that there is no scope of it, but we often use the words like marvelous, high tech and world class when we see the Delhi metro and Konkan railways.  It was a tough project to pass the railway tracks though many tunnels in the soft soils of the Konkan area. The project had 93 tunnels along a length of 82 km and involved tunneling through soft soil. As people have a general notion, that there are always nook holes and delays in a public sector project; E. Shreedhran delivered the best quality with no delay in time.

A true leader is one who makes use of what he has and never brags about what he does not have. Financial shortage did not stop him. He raised public bonds when there was a shortage of money declared from the side of the government.

Not only did he ever care when people laughed at his plans to build metro railways in Delhi but also successfully built it before schedule. He does not have the greed for fame or being present on the first pages of the newspaper. Modest by his nature, E.Sreedharan always proclaimed that all the success he received was due to his team’s efforts.


Childhood - Elattuvalapil Sreedharan was born in the year 1932, 12th of June on the Palakkad district in the state of Kerala. His love for his homeland made him spend his later years in his ancestral land of Palakkad. His early education was from the Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School. He studied in the Victoria College located in Palghat. He loved engineering and studied it in depth. He graduated as a Civil Engineer from the Government Engineering College, Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.

Career - It was after his completion of education Sreedharan joined Government Polytechnic as a lecturer in Civil Engineering. He cleared an examination named the ESE or the Engineering Services Examination conducted by the UPSC. He cleared it well and joined IES or Indian Engineering Service as an Assistant Engineer on probationary basis. He worked in the Southern Railway sector here. He did noteworthy work by repairing the cyclone destructed Pamban Bridge in Tamil Nadu in three months time when the time allotted to him was six months. He had excellent decision making skills and knew whom to appoint for what job. Sreedharan is also the man behind the planning, designing and development of the first metro in India, the Kolkata metro. He gained his reputation to finish work before the target time and specified budget. Although, officially he retired in 1990, he was appointed in the Konkan Railway project by the CMD for the most popular Indian Railway project – the Mumbai Kochi route. It took him seven years to complete it.

Awards and achievements -

He was received the Padma Shree from the Govt. of India in the year 2001.

Sreedharan was also honoured with the highest declaration in France in the year 1950 with the Order of Legion d’Honneur.

It was in the year 2008, the Republic of India honoured him the highest of all civilian awards, the Padma Vibhushan. 

The spirit to work anywhere under any circumstances and getting the work done has made him successful in his works throughout his life. Sreedharan had a detached attitude towards his work. Over here his detachment did not mean irresponsibility. It meant to work within working hours and not taking files at home post work. His principles were not bias or affected with any preconceived notions. Like the Gita asks us to work without the expectation of the fruit so did Sreedharan worked. His motive always was to give best quality work within the time allotted.

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