India's civil engineering standards have declined, 'Metro Man' E. Sreedharan said Wednesday, noting that a 'severe shortage' of efficient engineers has affected the quality of infrastructure-related projects.
Sreedharan was Wednesday presented the 'Outstanding Civil Engineering Project' award for 2010, instituted by the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council.
Council chairman Paul L. Mitchell gave away the award to the Delhi Metro chief on the occasion of the National Engineers' Day.
Speaking at the function, Sreedharan said: 'Civil engineering standards, particularly in construction industry, is not up to the mark. We are not even able to meet India's infrastructural needs. There is a severe shortage of architectural and civil engineers.'
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's (DMRC) motto has been to ensure 'highest efficiency and best standards', he said, adding: 'We have been able to give Delhi a world-class Metro system that is being used by nearly 14 lakh commuters everyday.'
Mitchell also praised Shreedharan for his efforts to take the knowledge of India's civil engineering across world, pointing to the Delhi Metro's help to Indonesia, Ireland and Sri Lanka, among other countries, to develop their Metro rail systems.