Thiruvananthapuram: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) pulled out of the light metro project owing to the indifference of the state government, Metro Man E Sreedharan has alleged.
“There was no response from the government to the repeated communications from the DMRC regarding the project. The government has neither signed any contract nor cleared the revised detailed project report prepared by the DMRC. The withdrawal from the project is a matter of shock as well as distress to us,” Sreedharan said.
The DMRC, consultant to the light metro project in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, has also transferred out the staff from its offices in both cities.
Sreedharan, who is the principal advisor to the DMRC, had reportedly written to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan reminding him that the government had not yet taken a decision on the light metro project. With the government failing to respond to this letter, the DMRC decided to wind up its light metro activities, sources said. Sreedharan’s letter, which was sent in late January, had also urged the government to make clear whether it intended to go ahead with the project or not.
Though Sreedharan had also sought an appointment with Pinarayi, it was not given. After waiting in vain till late February, Sreedharan directed DMRC to withdraw from the project, it was said.
Minister G Sudhakaran on Tuesday lashed out at the Metro Man over his comments on the light metro project.
"Sreedharan need not interfere in government policies. Just because he has a good name in public doesn't mean that he can wage war against the government. What right does he have to claim contracts that were not awarded to him?" Sudhakaran sought to know.
BJP leader V Muraleedharan has alleged that the LDF government was trying to bring in a firm of their choice by keeping Sreedharan away from the project.
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