Thursday, May 2, 2013

Shri Mahesh Kumar Takes Over as Member Staff Railway Board

 Shri Mahesh Kumar has taken over as Member (Staff) Railway Board and ex officio Secretary to the Government of India. Prior to this posting, Shri Mahesh Kumar was General Manager, Western Railway (WR) (Headquarter: Churchgate,Mumbai).


Shri Mahesh Kumar graduated in Electronics & Communication Engineering in 1975 from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee). He belongs to the 1975 batch of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE). Mr. Kumar has extensive technical, project related and administrative experience in Railways having worked in several challenging assignments such as Executive Director/Signal, Railway Board, Executive Director/Telecom, Railway Board, Divisional Railway Manager (Bangalore), Chief Administrative Officer, Indian Railway Project Management Unit, Delhi & Additional Member (Signal), Railway Board.

One of his most remarkable feats has been gaining entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for commissioning the ‘Largest Route Relay Interlocking’ in the world at Old Delhi Railway Station in shortest possible time of 36 hours, only Officer from Indian Railway to have achieved this. Besides, he has many firsts and innovations to his credit like commissioning of major doubling projects within 3-4 hours block, Modified Automatic Signaling for safe train operation during fog, termed innovation of the year 2010-11, commissioning of Passenger Reservation System through satellite, commissioning of first integrated Railways’ Call Centre using ‘139’ and commissioning of major yard remodeling within short blocks.

As General Manager, Western Railway, Shri Kumar has to his credit the completion of mammoth project of conversion of electric traction from 1500 Volts DC to 25000 Volts AC in the Churchgate-Virar section of Mumbai Division, the busiest section with dense suburban as well as long distance traffic without affecting the running of trains. The extension of suburban section up to Dahanu Road and introduction of EMU rakes in this section has been one of the other major achievements as General Manager.

He has been the recipient of several awards including awards from Hon’ble Minister & Railway Board several times. He has undertaken visits to study Advanced Railway Technology & Operations to several countries viz. U.K. Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, USA, Australia, France & Malaysia.

(Photograph of Shri Mahesh Kumar is available on PIB website i.e. pib.nic.in)

AKS/HCK/BS

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