After AI, Lohani tasked with revamping Railways

After AI, Lohani tasked with revamping Railways

Railway Board Chairman AK Mital tendered his resignation to Union Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday.

"The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Ashwani Lohani, the CMD of Air India, as the new Chairman of Railway Board", an official statement from the government read.

A 1980-batch officer of the Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME), Lohani is credited with turning around the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) and the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) during his earlier stints. Either Modi should sack Railway Minister or should accept his resignation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Prabhu to "wait". As many as 74 passengers were injured in the train accident.

"I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuring passengers and loss of precious lives", Prabhu said. For that, you have to go back all the way to 1956 when Lal Bahadur Shastri, the then Railway Minister, resigned after taking moral responsibility for a train accident in Tamil Nadu which caused 150 deaths.

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Holding the Limca National Record for four engineering degree, he is a qualified chartered mechanical engineer from I.Mech. E (UK) and holds degrees equivalent in electrical engineering, metallurgical engineering from the Institute of Engineers of India.

Ministry sources said there was "high drama" after Mital's resignation, with board members requesting him to reconsider his decision.

"Orders promoting me as Chairman, Railway Board have been issued today". Prabhu said that in the last three years, he has worked day and night to improve the condition of the country's railways. He holds the Guinness Record for successfully running the "Fairy Queen Express", the world's oldest working steam locomotive.

Khatauli Junior Engineer Pradeep Kumar, Muzaffarnagar Senior Section Engineer Inder Jeet Singh, Assistant Engineer (Meerut-Delhi Division) Rohit Kumar and Senior Divisional Engineer (Delhi) R.K. Verma were suspended and Chief Track Engineer of Northern Railway Alok Ansal was transferred. Apart from this, he also headed three major railway zones - Southern Railway, South Central Railway and Central Railway as General Manager for over a year.

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