Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani to take charge as Railway Board Chairman
Railways - Ashwani Lohani, CMD of Air India, has been named the chairman of the Railway Board, post the resignation of AK Mittal.
August 23, 2017: Ashwani Lohani, CMD of Air India, has been named the chairman of the Railway Board, post the resignation of AK Mittal.
Mittal was asked to go on leave by the Railway Ministry after the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh claiming 21 lives. Mittal thereafter submitted his resignation on Tuesday, say reports.
Lohani, an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineering (IRSME) cadre has served as DRM, Delhi Division; Director, National Rail Museum; and Chief Administrative Officer, Rail Alternate Fuel. He holds the Guinness Record for successfully running the ‘Fairy Queen Express’, the world’s oldest working steam locomotive.
Lohani, who holds four engineering degrees, has authored two books (one on steam engines and the other on management) and is credited with the turnaround of the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation and the India Tourism Development Corporation.