Bhopal, India (Metro Rail Today): Senior IAS Officer and Commissioner & Secretary Urban Administration & Development Department, Nikunj Kumar Srivastava has been appointed as Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MPMRCL) by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. He took charge from 2008-batch IAS Officer Mrs. Chhavi Bhardwaj on July 13, 2022.
In July 2020, Srivastava was repatriated from Central Government services to his parent cadre and posted as Commissioner, Urban Administration & Development Department with the additional charge of Commissioner Housing & Infrastructure Development under Govt. of Madhya Pradesh. Srivastava is a 1988-batch officer of Indian Administrative Officer (IAS) from the Madhya Pradesh cadre.
Prior to posting to MPMRCL, Srivastava served in various senior positions in Govt. of Madhya Pradesh and the Central Government such as Additional Director General, Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT); Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, Govt. of India (DoPT); Private Secretary, Ministry of Steel; Director, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India; District Magistrate, Bhopal, Chindwara & Khandwa and as Municipal Commissioner of Bhopal and Gwalior.
Srivastava will now lead the under-construction activities of metro rail projects in Bhopal and Indore. The Govt. of Madhya Pradesh has given a target to open a small section of the Bhopal Metro before assembly elections which are due next year.
The government of Madhya Pradesh is implementing Metro Rail Projects in the cities of Bhopal and Indore. Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MPMRCL) has been constituted as a special purpose vehicle to implement the metro rail projects in the state.
The goal is to offer a rail-based Sustainable Urban Transport System, a Smart and Healthy City to increase the quality of life and better access to goods, services, creating employment opportunities and sustainable development, climate change mitigation resulting in a livable city environment i.e. health-supportive environment with more allocation of road space to people rather than vehicles so as to make people include walk and cycle in their daily routines during course of transit for their healthy life.