Sreedharan, already a member of the state Planning Board, is expected to play a crucial role in the ambitious Kochi Metro rail project, for which he already had been an advisor.
Disclosing this in Thiruvananthapuram, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said his government was very keen on making use of the support and services of experts from diverse fields to achieve its goal of fast track growth of the state.
After he came to power in May this year, government had appointed former cabinet secretary K M Chandrasekhar as vice-chairman of the state Planning Board and former CII general secretary Tarun Das as its member.
More recently, Pitroda had agreed to advise the government on technical aspects of its development without charging any remuneration.
"It has been our policy to utilise the services and goodwill of experts willing to help us", Chandy said.
On resentment by certain Left quarters on making Tarun Das the state planning board member,Chandy said "you cannot forget that he had served on the West Bengal [ Images ] plan board when the state was ruled by the CPI(M)-led coalition."
Chandy, who announced a one year action plan, said apprehensions by certain quarters that government planned to open up public utility services like drinking water supply was unfounded. "We only want to make delivery basic services more effective and prompt," he said.