Bengaluru: Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) gets a new managing director. Karnataka cadre IAS officer of the 1987 batch, Ajay Seth was appointed as the new MD.
Seth succeeds Mahendra Jain who was the additional chief secretary of urban development department, who was holding the additional charge of BMRCL after Pradeep Singh Kharola moved to the Centre in December 2017. Seth will resume office soon but will continue to hold the charge of additional chief secretary – health and family welfare department.
Jain during his tenure as an MD of Bangalore Metro was known to introduce several initiatives. These include reserving the first two doors for women passengers and speeding up introduction of the first six-car train with one coach booked for women passenger.
Jain was also known for his role in starting Bangalore metro’s airport connectivity project. This project was earlier part of phase 3 but under Jain’s tenure it was taken up during phase 2 itself. As an MD he made sure that metro’s services do not get affected owing to constant threat of strikes by metro employees.
The tender for the Outer Ring Road stretch started from Central Silk Board Junction and KR Puram is likely to be issued shortly. BMRCL has lately floated tenders for the underground section connecting Cantonment railway station and Pottery Town and Vellara Junction and Shivajinagar as part of Reach 6 (Dairy Circle-Nagawara) of Phase 2. On the other hand, tenders for the remaining stretches — Dairy Circle-Langford Town and Tannery Road-Nagawara — of Reach 6 will be floated afterwards as BMRCL has decided on elevated trains on these corridors.
The other project reeling under hurdle is the extension of line to Kempegowda International Airport from Nagawara. This happened with the rejection from Airports Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) over proposal on collecting development fee from riders.
The new MD will have to take up a lot of these challenging tasks and ensure work picks up pace. Commuters want that work on stretches like Anjanapura Township, Kengeri, Mysuru Road and Yelachenahalli picks up speed.
Seth will also be expected to ensure the much-awaited Metro project is concluded with no further impediment, in the wake of increasing traffic clogging.