Tuesday, June 24, 2008

India's Future Rides on 76-Year-Old `Metro Man'

What's this? One of the biggest heroes in India's nation of young people -- "the person who is doing more than most to put taxpayers' money to work for the benefit of citizens" -- is a railway engineer who turns 76 next week and who manages a successful subway system:

Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, popularly known as India's ``Metro Man,'' is the managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corp., which operates the newly built world-class subway that's transforming the economy of India's capital, New Delhi. It's also improving the city's air quality, altering its social life and even influencing norms of individual behavior. Funded by government equity and debt and a soft loan from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, a $2.3 billion, 40-mile section of the project was completed in 2005, three years ahead of schedule.

Read more at - 'India's Future Rides on 76-Year-Old `Metro Man''

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