MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): Ranjit Singh Deol, an IAS officer of 1998 batch has taken charge of Managing Director of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) on Jan 23, 2020. Ashwini Bhide has handed over her charge to him on today. The Maharashtra Government has issued the transfer order of Ranjit Singh Deol on January 21.
Bhide, who belongs to the 1995-batch, was recently promoted to the rank of principal secretary. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is yet to decide on her new assignment. Bhide had earlier faced criticism from the Shiv Sena over the overnight felling of trees in Aarey Colony for a car shed for the Metro project. She had completed her five-year tenure as MD with MMRC in December 2019.
Before posting as Managing Director Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), Ranjit Singh Deol was Vice-Chairman & Managing Director of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC). He has served in various departments under the Government of Maharashtra. He was Commissioner for Social Welfare, Maharashtra State, Pune; Director of Census Operation, Mumbai; Commissioner, Solapur Municipal Corporation; District Collector, Jalna; Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Hingoli; Sub Divisional Officer, Yeotmal and Assistant Collector at Yeotmal.
In a fresh round of bureaucratic rejig on Wednesday, CM Uddhav assigned fresh postings to 20 senior and middle-level bureaucrats. Deol’s appointment to MMRC was one of them. The CM had transferred 22 bureaucrats last week.
Ranjit Singh Deol will now lead the ongoing construction work of Mumbai Metro Line-3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ), a fully underground line of Mumbai Metro Rail network.
According to the latest updates from Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, about 100% excavation work of 13, out of 26 metro stations of Mumbai Metro Line-3 completed. In total, about 75% of tunnelling work completed so far.
Recently, MMRC has awarded the contract to L&T Construction for track laying work of the northern portion of the 33.5 km Line-3 connecting Cuffe Parade with SEEPZ.