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Huge cheers for 'Metro Man' at Kochi Metro launch

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

People who thronged the venue of the inaugural function of the Kerala's prestigious Metro project here, broke into loud cheers when 'Metro Man' E Sreedharan's name was announced on stage.

Managing Director of the Kochi Metro Rail Limited Elias George, who welcomed the gathering, had to pause for a while as over 3,000 people, majority of them special invitees, rose and greeted the project's chief architect with thunderous applause.

The 85-year-old DMRC principal adviser was among the dignitaries who shared the dais with Prime Minister Modi, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Governor and Chief Minister

The crowd again broke into cheers when Naidu and Vijayan in their speeches hailed the role played by the 'Metro Man' in fulfilling the dream of people of Kerala.

Through it all, Sreedharan sat impassively.

Earlier, before proceeding to board the metro train for the inaugural ride, the prime minister shook hands with the chief minister and Sreedharan.

During the journey, Modi interacted with Sreedharan and Elias George.

A controversy had erupted in the state as the name of Sreedharan, who was associated with the project from the very beginning, was not found in the list of names of dignitaries to share the stage with Modi for the inaugural function.

However, his name was included by the PMO following the state government's intervention.

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First Published: Sat, June 17 2017. 18:28 IST