Delhi Metro chief Sreedharan withdraws resignation

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New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): A day after he put his papers owning moral responsibility for an accident at a construction site that killed six people, Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan has withdrew his resignation.

"E Sreedharan has decided to withdraw his resignation in view of the letter he received from Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (asking him to continue as the DMRC Managing Director)," Metro Rail spokesperson Anuj Dayal told reporters at New Delhi on Monday.

Dayal said the Metro chief also took into consideration the persuasion of Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna and Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy who asked him to withdraw his resignation letter and continue in the post.

The 77-year-old renowned technocrat quit his post within hours of the accident at the Metro construction site in south Delhi's Jamrudpur area on Sunday where an under construction bridge collapsed killing six people and injuring 15 others.

On Sunday night, Dikshit had rejected his resignation saying that the Delhi Metro and the country needed his services.

"We respect his sentiments. But we also know that the Delhi Metro and the country need him. Not only he do good work for Delhi but also for the country," she had said.

Highly placed sources said the government rejected Sreedharan's resignation as it viewed that his continuation was necessary for successful completion of Metro projects ahead of the Commonwealth Games next year. (ANI)

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