New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): Vikas Kumar, an officer of the 1988-batch of the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), today assumed the charge of the new Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC). His appointment order was issued by the Transport Department of the Delhi Government on March 30, 2022.
He took charge of Dr. Mangu Singh whose extended tenure has been ended on March 31, 2022. Mangu Singh was the Managing Director of DMRC since January 1, 2012, after the superannuation of E. Sreedharan, who was the first Managing Director.
“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, who was holding the position of Director (Operations) in DMRC, has over 3 decades of experience in rail based urban transportation projects. An officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service, Vikas Kumar worked with the Indian Railways before joining DMRC in September 2004. He has been associated with DMRC for more than 17 years. Vikas has headed the Operations wing of DMRC since 2007 in various capacities. He has played a key role in ensuring the smooth commencement of Metro services in over 300 km of Metro corridors in Delhi – NCR. He was elevated to the post of Director (Operations) in DMRC on December 1, 2021.
Vikas 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.
He will be responsible for the overall functioning of DMRC. He will be responsible for the successful implementation of Phase 4 of the Delhi MRTS 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 was 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.