CHAIRMAN NHAI

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Gadkari's prescription for NHAI slugs

The hawk-eyed Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, known as much for high efficiency as for his great singing ability, was shocked and became speechless while inaugurating the NHAI's new building in Nagpur through video conferencing on October 26.

He expressed his displeasure and disappointment over some officials of the NHAI who managed to escape his hugely successful monitoring system. And he became speechless about the words to use while inaugurating a Rs 250 crore project that has been under construction for 11 long years. After the contracts were awarded in 2009, New Delhi has had three union administrations and the NHAI had 08 chairmen.

He was songless because, under him, the NHAI has been setting new records in laying highways, which has enabled it to target for completion Rs one lakh crore 1,240KM Delhi-Mumbai Expressway in three years by 2022.

The minister was so cheesed off that he advised that the photographs of officials responsible for the delay should be prominently displayed to inform the public about their (officials) great ability to build a small office project in nine years.

Gadkari also suggested that the construction procedures of the building deserved a research paper to figure out the ways in which NHAI can be destroyed from within.

His vitriolic sarcasm was not lost on the audience, many of whom took to Twitter to congratulate the Minister for his frank and honest barbs at GMs, CGMs, and other senior officials including previous chairmen.

29 Oct 2020
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NHAI Chairman’s tenure at Centre extended

The NaMo administration on Thursday extended the Central Deputation tenure of Sukhbir Singh Sandhu (IAS:1988:UK), Chairman, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for a period of six months beyond 21.07.2020 i.e. up to 21.01.2021.

02 Jul 2020
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Gadkari's prescription for NHAI slugs

By IndianMandarins 29 Oct 2020

The hawk-eyed Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, known as much for high efficiency as for his great singing ability, was shocked and became speechless while inaugurating the NHAI's new building in Nagpur through video conferencing on October 26.

He expressed his displeasure and disappointment over some officials of the NHAI who managed to escape his hugely successful monitoring system. And he became speechless about the words to use while inaugurating a Rs 250 crore project that has been under construction for 11 long years. After the contracts were awarded in 2009, New Delhi has had three union administrations and the NHAI had 08 chairmen.

He was songless because, under him, the NHAI has been setting new records in laying highways, which has enabled it to target for completion Rs one lakh crore 1,240KM Delhi-Mumbai Expressway in three years by 2022.

The minister was so cheesed off that he advised that the photographs of officials responsible for the delay should be prominently displayed to inform the public about their (officials) great ability to build a small office project in nine years.

Gadkari also suggested that the construction procedures of the building deserved a research paper to figure out the ways in which NHAI can be destroyed from within.

His vitriolic sarcasm was not lost on the audience, many of whom took to Twitter to congratulate the Minister for his frank and honest barbs at GMs, CGMs, and other senior officials including previous chairmen.

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NHAI Chairman’s tenure at Centre extended

By IndianMandarins 02 Jul 2020

The NaMo administration on Thursday extended the Central Deputation tenure of Sukhbir Singh Sandhu (IAS:1988:UK), Chairman, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for a period of six months beyond 21.07.2020 i.e. up to 21.01.2021.

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NHAI: Highest ever highway construction in FY 2019-20

By IndianMandarins 08 Apr 2020

Some good news at the time of Coronavirus scare when NHAI has announced accomplishing construction of 3,979 km of national highways in 2019-20 financial Year. This is the highest ever highway construction achieved in any financial year by NHAI.

There has been a steady growth in the construction pace as noticed in last year with 3,380 km construction in the FY 2018-19. NHAI has achieved an all-time high construction since its inception in 1995 continuing the same trend with the development of 3,979 km of national highways during FY 2019-20.

Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has envisaged an ambitious highway development program Bharatmala Pariyojana which includes development of about 65,000 km national highways. Under Phase-I of Bharatmala Pariyojana, the Ministry has approved the implementation of 34,800 km of national highways in 5 years with an outlay of Rs 5,35,000 crore. NHAI has been mandated the development of about 27,500 km of national highways under Bharatmal Pariyojna Phase-I.

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Posting of 1991 batch of IAS begins, major reshuffle in Additional Secretary level effected

By IndianMandarins 23 Oct 2019

As Indianmandarins had reported first early morning today the NaMo administration on Wednesday cleared the appointment and reshuffle of Additional Secretary level posts. Several 1991 batch IAS officers were posted as Additional Secretary in Govt of India and various others were elevated (In-situ) from Joint Secretary to Additional Secretary rank. They are:

  1. Amit Yadav (IAS:1991:UT) appointed as DG, Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary. Presently, he is JS  Department of Telecom.
  2. Rakesh Sarwal (IAS:1988:TR) appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Higher Education. Presently, he is  Additional Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries. He replaces Sukhbir Singh Sandhu on his appointment as Chairman, NHAI.
  3. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu (IAS:1988:UK) appointed as Chairman, National Highways Authority of India. Presently, he is Additional Secretary, Department of Higher Education.
  4. Ms. T. Rajeshwari (ISS:1985) appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Presently, she is Additional Secretary, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti.
  5. Arvlnd Singh (IAS:1988:MH), presently in the Cadre, appointed as Chairman, Airports Authority of India.
  6. Ashish Upadhyay (IAS:1989:MP) appointed as AS&FA in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power. Presently, he is Joint Secretary, Ministry of Coal.
  7. K Sanjay Murthy (IAS:1989:HP) appointed as CEO & MD of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, Ministry of Commerce & Industry. Presently he is Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  8. Keshav Kumar Pathak (IAS:1990:BH), presently in the Cadre, appointed as Managing Director, National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (MD, NHIDCL).  
  9. Ganji Kamala V Rao (IAS:1990:KL), presently in the Cadre, appointed as CMD,  India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (MD, ITDC).
  10. K Moses Chalai (IAS:1990:MN) appointed as Secretary, North Eastern Council Secretariat (Ministry of DONER). Presently, he is Additional Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development.
  11. S Gopalakrishnan (IAS:1991:TN) appointed (In-situ) as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Presently, he is Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT.
  12. Pramod Kumar Tiwari (IAS:1991:AM) appointed as DG, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in the rank & pay of Additional Secretary. Presently, he is JS Department of Food and PD.
  13. Ms. Debashri Mukherjee (IAS:1991:UT), JS in PMO, appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  14. Ms Rachna Shah (IAS:1991:KL) appointed as Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat vice Rajesh Bhushan (IAS:1987:BH) who was yesterday appointed Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat.
  15. B Srinivas (IAS:1991:KL) appointed as MD, National Horticulture Board, Department of Agriculture in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary.
  16. Satya Brata Sahu (IAS:1991:OR) appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development. Presently he is Director (JS level), NHIDCL.
  17. Vijayendra (IAS:1991:AM) appointed as CMD (AS level), National Small Industries Corporation Ltd. Presently, he is JS, Department of Defence Production.

The ACC has also approved upgradation of the following officers of 1991 batch on in-situ basis to the level of Additional Secretary (GoI) as a measure personal to them, by temporarily upgrading the posts held by them:

  1. Kamran Rizvi (IAS:1991:UP), JS , Department of Rural Development as Additional Secretary, Department of Rural Development.
  2. G Asok Kumar (IAS:1991:TG), Mission Director, National Water Mission, Ministry of Jal Shakti in-stu elevated in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary.
  3. V Thiruppugazh (IAS:1991:GJ), Advisor, National Disaster Management Authority elevated (In-situ) in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary.
  4. Anil Malik (IAS:1991:HY), JS MHA as as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs.
  5. Ms. Vandana Gurnani (IAS:1991:KN), Joint Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare as Additional Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare.
  6. Rajit Punhani (IAS:1991:BH), Chief Vigilance Officer, National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd in the rank & pay of Additional Secretary.
  7. Jan E Alam (IAS:1991:NL) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  8. Abhilaksh Likhi (IAS:1991:HY), Joint Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare as Additional Secretary, Department of Agriculture.
  9. Manish Kumar Gupta (IAS:1991:UT), Principal Commissioner, Delhi Development Authority in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary.

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NHAI caught in a slow lane: Fourth top post falling vacant

By IndianMandarins 14 May 2019

With one top post in the National Highways Authority of India falling vacant after the other the institution is soon going to be left with only three members against the sanctioned strength of six top-level stewards running the country’s infrastructural giant.

 

The latest to go is NHAI’s Member (Technical) DO Tawade. His farewell is billed for tomorrow as he is retiring.

 

This will leave the post of fourth member in NHAI vacant until at least a selection is made to fil the vacancy. The process to find a suitable replacement of the superannuating member is reported to have been set on. Yet, this is likely to take a few months time.

 

Last month the post of Member (Admin) had fallen vacant as the incumbent R K Chaturvedi (IAS 1987 MP) was appointed as AS&FA in the Ministry of Culture.

 

This was only months after A K Singh Member (Projects) and Neeraj Verma Member (PPP) had completed their terms in the NHAI which serves as the main arm of Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways.  

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NHAI: Search Committee met to fill 03 posts of Member

By IndianMandarins 09 Mar 2019

Indianmandarins has reliably learned that the seven-member Search Committee for NHAI interviewed candidates to fill three posts of Member (Private Public Partnership), Member (Projects) and Member (Technical). The interviews were reportedly held at the Cabinet Secretariat.

 

Reportedly, 18 candidates had applied for the post of Member (PPP) whereas 19 candidates for Member (Technical) and 14 candidates for Member (Project). It may be mentioned that Member (PPP) post fell vacant months back following the repatriation of Neeraj Verma (IAS:1995:AM). The post of Member (Project) fell vacant following the repatriation (on completion of tenure) of Anand Kumar Singh last month whereas D O Tawade, Member (Technical) will complete his tenure May this year.

 

The Search Committee for NHAI is comprised of Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, DoPT Secretary C Chandramauli (IAS:1985:TN), MoRTH Secretary Y S Malik (IAS:1983:HY), DEA Secretary S C Garg (IAS:1983:RJ), newly appointed NHAI Chairman N agendra Nath Sinha (IAS:1987:JH), IIM (Ahmedabad) Director Prof Errol D’ Souza and NABARD Chairman Harsh Kumar Bhanwala.

 

As per the established norms, the minutes of the meeting and recommended names will be sent to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet for ratification. Reportedly, the final results are expected to be out by the third week of this month. 

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MoRTH’s Tripura-Manipur connection: Coincidence or more than coincidence

By IndianMandarins 07 Mar 2019

After the appointment of Sanjeev Ranjan (IAS:1985:TR) as the new OSD of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, many senior civil servants have come to see MoRTH’s & NHAI’s North-East connection as more than a coincidence. 

 

Following his appointment as the OSD in MoRTH on 03 March 2019, Ranjan in a matter of 23 days will be taking over from Y S Malik as new Secretary, MoRTH. This post was earlier held by Manipur-Tripura cadre IAS officer Vijay Kumar Chhibber (IAS:1982:WB) and later by Sanjay Mitra (IAS:1982:WB).

 

Like Ranjan headed NHAI as its regular Chairman, Chhibber, too, had headed the infrastructure arm as a stopgap arrangement for a few months. It may be worth underlining that even though Chhibber retired long back, his services later availed by the center through his appointment as an adviser to BJP Govt of Tripura; though Chhibber resigned later last year.

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Ranjan is new Chairman of NHAI

By IndianMandarins 17 Sep 2018

Sanjeev Ranjan (IAS:1985:TR) appointed to the post of Chairman, National Highways Authority of India. Currently he serves as Chief Secretary, Govt of Tripura. Ranjan replaces Deepak Kumar (IAS:1984:BH) was repatriated to cadre state in May 2018.


Currently, he serves as Chief Secretary to the Govt of Tripura.

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