New Delhi: Describing E Sreedharan as a man of great vision and impeachable integrity, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said the Metro Man, who retires on Saturday, gave Delhi a "new identity" for which people of the city will always miss him.

Showering praise on Sreedharan for his contribution to the city as Managing Director of DMRC in the last 16 years, Dikshit said the technocrat transformed the whole public transport system and in the process changed the way Delhiites travel.

"The whole city will miss him. My government will miss him. I do not have words to offer our gratitude to him for giving us a wonderful metro network which is now being followed as a model network by various world cities," Dikshit said.

The 79-year-old technocrat, who joined DMRC in 1995, has been credited with construction of 190 km network across the National Capital Region, which is now considered as fastest growing Metro network anywhere in the world.

The metro currently ferries over 16 lakh passengers on week days through over 2,500 trips.

"We owe a lot to Sreedharan. He has offered us one of the most reliable and modern metro network in the world. He made the city more comfortable and we will remain thankful to Sreedharan for it," Dikshit said at a farewell dinner she hosted for the outgoing metro chief last night.