New Delhi, India (Metro Rail Today): Transport Department of the Delhi Government has issued an order on March 30, 2022, appointing present Director (Operations) Vikas Kumar as the managing director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) with effect from April 1, 2022.
“The Government of NCT of Delhi is pleased to appoint Vikas Kumar as managing director (MD) of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. in accordance with terms of Article 130 of the Memorandum and Article of Association of DMRC Ltd. for the period of five years with effect from April 1,” said the order issued by Transport Commissioner, Delhi Govt.
Vikas Kumar is an officer of the 1988-batch of the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) and was earlier working as the executive director of operations in the DMRC, prior to his current role i.e. Director (Operations). He was elevated to the post of Director (Operations) in DMRC on December 1, 2021.
He is an Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT, Roorkee (1987), and did M. Tech. from IIT, Delhi in 1989. He has significant working experience of more than 31 years including 14 years with Indian Railways and over 17 years of experience with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). He has also received a number of awards from the Indian Railways and DMRC during his career.
Kumar will be responsible for the overall functioning of DMRC. He will be responsible for the successful implementation of the Delhi MRTS Phase 4 project within budget and time period. As the leader of approx. 14500 workforce of Delhi Metro, he will be responsible for smooth operations of the Metro system. He will also be responsible for the planning of the expansion of the Delhi MRTS project and should initiate timely action including preparation of DPR, tying up of funds, and arranging Govt. approvals. Further, he will be responsible for bringing Consultancy work including Project Management and execution work of other metro projects in India & abroad.
Mangu Singh is DMRC’s second Managing Director, after E Sreedharan, and took charge on December 31, 2011. His tenure has been extended multiple times, most recently in September last year, till March 31.
The Central Government and Delhi Government have equal shares in the DMRC and presently have 17 directors on the Board of Directors including an MD from the Delhi Government and a Chairman from the Central Government.
The selection of Vikas Kumar is made by a new selection committee, which is chaired by Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and includes the Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, an additional chief secretary in the Delhi government and an independent expert from WRI.