New Delhi, December 31, 2011
Outgoing Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director E Sreedharan after handing over charge to his successor Mangu Singh in New Delhi on December 31, 2011.
Mangu Singh, Director (Works) of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), today took over as its Managing Director, succeeding the legendary E Sreedharan, 79, who retired today after more than 14 years in the high-profile job.
Sreedharan had served as the first Managing Director of DMRC from November 4, 1997 till today.
Singh, 56, received his early education at Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, his native place, before graduating in civil engineering from the University of Roorkee (now the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee) in 1979.
Thereafter, he got into the Indian Railways Services of Engineers (IRSE) through the 1981 Examination conducted by the UPSC. He then worked in the Indian Railways in various capacities including Deputy Chief Engineer, Kolkata Metro Railway (1989-1996).
Singh joined Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in 1997 as Chief Engineer/Chief Project Manager and moved upwards to Executive Director and then Director (Works).
A DMRC press release said Singh had contributed greatly in the project implementation of Kolkata Metro and had been responsible for bringing revolutionary changes in the execution of large Metro engineering projects (civil) within tight deadlines and budget.
Singh has vast experience and expertise in construction of underground structures in Urban Environment and is perhaps the most experienced engineer in this field in the country.
Singh is the recipient of various prestigious awards and honours like the National Award (Railway Week Award 1996) for his contribution in completing the Kolkata Metro Rail Project, distinguished Alumni Award - Global Meet IIT (Roorkee) 2007 and so on.
In addition, he has successfully headed the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects of Delhi Metro, the only such successful project in the Railway Transportation sector in the world. He has been instrumental in preparing the Master Plan and Detailed Project Reports for Metro system in other cities of the country like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kochi, Jaipur, Ludhiana and Ahmedabad.
His experience includes rail-based transportation projects, its planning & execution, procurement of works and services for mega projects on Design and Built Contracts basis, handling multilateral funding agencies, development of bid documents for Metro Projects on PPP basis, management of concession contracts and CDM projects.
Sreedharan received his early education in Palghat and later graduated from the Government Engineering College, Kakinada in April 1953.
After a short stint as lecturer in civil engineering in Kerala Polytechnic, Calicut, he joined the Bombay Port Trust as an Apprentice Engineer for a year, when he was selected for the Indian Railway Service (IRS) of Engineers and joined Southern Railway as a Probationary Assistant Engineer in December 1954.
He held a number of assignments as Assistant Engineer, Executive Engineer, Divisional Engineer and Deputy Chief Engineer on the Southern and South Eastern Railways, when he was in-charge of new line constructions such as Quilon - Ernakulam metre gauge line, Mangalore-Hassan railway line, a number of doubling projects, bridge & tunnel projects and also maintenance of permanent ways in Palghat, Hubli and Bezawada Divisions.
During this period, he was given the Railway Minister’s Award for restoring the Pamban Railway Bridge in 46 days, 125 spans of which were washed away in a tidal wave in December 1963. As Deputy Chief Engineer, he was in-charge of investigation, planning and design of the first ever Metro in the country at Calcutta from 1970 to 1975.
From October 1979 to November 1980, he was on deputation to the Ministry of Shipping & Transport as Chairman & Managing Director of the Country’s premier Shipyard at Cochin. During this tenure, the first ship built by this shipyard, Rani Padmini, was launched.
He was promoted as General Manager, Western Railway in July 1987, and in July 1989 elevated to the post of Member Engineering, Railway Board & ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India.
On retirement in June 1990, he was put in charge of the prestigious Konkan Railway as its Chairman & Managing Director. On completion of the Konkan Railway Project, he joined the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on 5th November 1997 as its first Managing Director.
Sreedharan’s is credited for changing the face of Indian public transport by his tireless work in building the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro.
He was awarded the ‘Padma Shree’ by the Government of India in 2001, the Man of the Year Award by The Times of India in 2002 and was named as one of Asia's Heroes by TIME in 2003. Besides, the Government of France honored him with the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2005.