KOCHI: The test run of the Kochi Metro Rail is scheduled for Saturday. The feat is a glowing landmark for the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL), the `5,537 crore project, one of the largest capital intensive projects to be implemented in the state.
For Elias George, it a special occasion. George took over as the KMRL Managing Director in August 2012 - when controversies over the rift between Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and KMRL were raging. But he made light of the issues to carry the project forward with a clear vision.
George opened up to Shibu B S on the hurdles which he overcame to implement the project, challenges and the plans ahead among other things.
How did you make your entry into the project?
It was accidental. In 2012, while in charge of KSEB, I was asked to undertook the additional charge of KMRL as the MD. Arayadan Mohammed, who is having the charge of Railways in Kerala is also the Minister of Electricity. He asked me to undertook the task. Frankly, then I was planning to relocate to Delhi because my family was there. But after assuming the office of the KMRL MD, I started to get involved deeply into this project. After assessing its magnitude and scopes for bringing in revolutionary changes to the public transport scenario of Kochi, I preferred to stay here. Moreover I had a sincere feeling that I want to do something for this wonderful city.