Sixteen years after becoming the Managing Director of DMRC, E Sreedharan stepped down on December 31 leaving behind a 190 km network of Delhi Metro across the NCR. In an interview with CNBC-TV18's Shereen Bhan, the metro man said that it was not so much as the politicians as the bureaucrats of the country who were stalling its progress.
Below is the full transcript of the interview:
Shereen Bhan: Hello and welcome to a CNBC-TV18 special, I am Shereen Bhan and I am in conversation with a man, who, a lot of people regard, has pulled off an Indian miracle, pulled off large scale infrastructure project in India ahead of schedule. E Sreedharan, appreciate you joining us on here on CNBC-TV18. Before I talk to you about the lessons that you learnt, on your journey in DMRC and before that at Konkan Railways, I want to talk to you about the current state of affair in the country, with regards to business, of policy paralysis, lack of decision making. Are you afraid that this is going to impact India's infrastructure development significantly?
E Sreedharan: Certainly, because there is really no government functioning today, everybody is only playing politics, no real governance is taking place. Unfortunately our politicians are only politicians, they are not statesman, and naturally the country suffers. The way we started in the early 90s, I thought we would come up very fast but during the last one or two years, things are not
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