Elattuvalapil Sreedharan is an Indian politician and engineer who is known for transforming the public transport sector in India. His leadership in the building of the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro is acknowledged globally. Sreedharan was the managing director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) between 1995 and 2012. The Metro Man, as Sreedharan is popularly known, has been awarded numerous times for his contributions. In 2001, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government. In 2008, the Indian government awarded him the Padma Vibhushan. The French government, in 2015, awarded Sreedharan with the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, which is considered as the highest French order of merit for both civil and military. The TIME magazine named him as one of Asia’s Heroes in 2003. In 2021, Sreedharan joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The 88-year-old engineer is expected to be the saffron party’s chief minister candidate for Kerala in the 2021 Assembly election.
He was born on June 12, 1932 in Karukaputhur in the present-day Thrithala constituency in the district of Palakkad of Kerala to parents Keezhveettil Neelakandan Moosath and Ammaluamma. He did his primary education from Government Lower Primary School Chathannur, which was situated near Pattambi in Palakkad. He then went on to Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School and later to the Victoria College in Palghat. He completed his Civil Engineering degree from the Government Engineering College, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, which is currently known as Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada (JNTU Kakinada).