Delhi Metro chief E A Sreedharan, who demits office on 31 December, is not to head the proposed Kochi Metro Rail project, contrary to speculation in Kerala, his home state that he had been chosen for the job.
The Congress government in Kerala had been extremely keen on using the services of the 'Metro Man' who revolutionised the way Delhi travelled, for building a similar advanced transport system in Kochi.
Sreedharan replied in the negative when asked whether he would be heading the Kochi Metro, approval for which would be given by the union cabinet soon.
He said Kochi Metro would be handled by the Delhi Metro and he would be involved if he was at Delhi Metro but he would not be involved if he was not at Delhi Metro.
The 79-year old 'Metro Man's comments put to rest, all speculation about his heading the project, which envisages construction of a 20-km Metro network.
Speculation has been rife over the past few months that Sreedharan would head the Kochi Metro after he stepped down as the managing director of Delhi Metro on 31 December, 2011.