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E Sreedharan

E Sreedharan


Fondly known as the Metroman of India, Elattuvalapil Sreedharan is an engineer of eminence. He was born on 12 June 1932 in Karukaputhur in the Palakkad district of Kerala.
He received his primary education at Government Lower Primary School Chathannur near Pattambi in Palakkad district and finished schooling from Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School.
He completed his Civil Engineering degree from the Government Engineering College, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, known known as JNTUK, cracked IES and joined Indian Railway Engineering Service. In his initial assignment he got the Rameshwaram Pambam bridge which was demolished by a cyclone, rebuilt in record time and rose to the fame. Later on he led the ambitious engineering projects like Konkan Railways, South Eastern Railways, Kolkata Metro, Kochin Shipyard, Delhi Metro Rail, Kochi Metro and Lucknow Metro during his service and even after retirement. He is known for completing all his projects within the stipulated timeline. Sreedharan has been instrumental in changing the face of urban transport infrastructure in India.

In his illustrious career of over three decades, E Sreedharan won many awards and accolades and several honorary doctorates from across the world. He is a proud recipient of Padma Vibhushan, Padma Shri, The Highest French award "Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur", "Order of the Rising Sun" the highest citizen award of Japan, Gold and Silver star, G-Files awards and many more.

There are many books have been written on him and he himself also has authored several books about science, technology, development, his ideas and work ethics etc. He is a also an avid reader and often witnessed reading books. Though he remained completely apolitical all through his life until joining BJP in February, 2021, Sreedharan has appreciated Mr. Narendra Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister and had endorsed him for the prime ministerial candidate in 2014 general election.

Personal Life

Full Name E Sreedharan
Date of Birth 12 Jun 1932 (Age 90)
Place of Birth Karukaputhur, Palakkad District, Kerala
Party name Bharatiya Janta Party
Education Bachelor of Engineering
Profession Engineer
Father's Name K. Neelakandan Moosath
Mother's Name Ammaluamma
Spouse's Name Radha Sreedharan
Spouse's Profession Homemaker
Children 3 Son(s) 1 Daughter(s)


Permanent address Perumbayil house, ponnani, malappuram, pin-679577
Present address Perumbayil house, ponnani, malappuram, pin-679577
Contact number .
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Interesting Facts about E Sreedharan

E. Sreedharan and T. N. Seshan, the former IAS and Chief Election Commissioner of India were classmates at BEM High School and both of them were selected for Engineering in JNTU Kakinada, however, T. N. Seshan decided to join Madras Christian College while E. Sreedharan pursued Civil Engineering Degree from JNTU, .

Political Timeline of E Sreedharan

  • 2021
    Just ahead of Legislative Assembly election in Kerala, E Sreedharan joined Bharatiya Janta Party on 18 February 2021. A week later, he was made the chief ministerial candidate of BJP.

E Sreedharan Early Life

  • 2008
    The President of India bestowed upon him the Padma Vibhushan.
  • 2005
    The French Government honored him with the highest civilian award of France, The Order of Légion d'Honneur
  • 2001
    E Sreedharan received Padma Sri
  • 1996
    E Sreedharan was appointed the Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
  • 1990
    After his formal retirement from Indian Engineering Service, E Sreedharan got a service extension and appointed the CMD of Konkan Railway on contract.
  • 1989
    Sreedharan was elevated to the post of Member Engineering, Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India.
  • 1987
    Sreedharan became the general manager of Western Railway.
  • 1979
    E Sreedharan joined the Cochin Shipyard Limited. Under his able direction only, Kochin Shipyard launched its first ship MV Rani Padmini in 1981
  • 1970
    When the Metro Rail hits Indian soil in Kolkota in 1970, Sreedharan was given the responsibility of planning, implementing and designing the Kolkata metro.
  • 1964
    He faced and won his first big challenge of successfully rebuilding the cyclone-hit Pamban bridge of Rameshwaram which later won him the reputation of being an engineering genius and rose the the fame.
  • 1954
    Cleared IES exam organized by UPSC and joined Indian Railway as an Assistant Engineer
  • 1949
    Joined JNTU Kakinada to pursue degree in civil engineering.


Padma Vibhushan,
Padma Shri,
Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur,
Order of the Rising Sun,
Railway Minister Award
Gold and Silver star,
G-Files awards
Net WorthN/A

Disclaimer: The information relating to the candidate is an archive based on the self-declared affidavit filed at the time of elections. The current status may be different. For the latest on the candidate kindly refer to the affidavit filed by the candidate with the Election Commission of India in the recent election.

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