There is more to the resignation of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation chairman E Sreedharan from the post of chief advisor to the Andhra Pradesh government on Vijayawada metro rail project than what meets the eye.
Though Sreedharan did not mention any reason for his quitting, sources say he was forced to resign from the post as he strongly opposed chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s decision to award the light metro rail project to his favourite contractor Larsen and Toubro.
The Naidu government has taken up the metro rail project in two corridors of Vijayawada --Eluru Road and Bandar Road – with bus stand as the base station. He appointed Sreedharan as consultant and chief advisor for the project.
After the initial study, Sreedharan advised the government against the project stating that it was not viable. However, due to pressure from the government, he started his work on the two corridors.
In the meantime, the chief minister received proposals with Light Metro Rail (LMR) and almost finalised L&T as the contractor.
Apparently, the authorities told Naidu that the project, if extended to Visakhapatnam and Tirupati sectors, would only take less than half-an-hour for people to reach Amaravati.
This has apparently angered Sridharan who objected to giving the project to L&T.
He tried to brief Naidu about the unviability of the project, but Naidu did not give him the appointment. As a result, Sreedharan decided to quit the project.