Gajendra Haldea, the key bureaucrat behind infrastructure projects in the UPA government, is said to have been retained by the new NDA government as well.
Sources said Haldea — appointed as a special advisor for infrastructure — has been given a three month extension and is likely to look after infrastructure projects considered high priority for the Narendra Modi led government.
Haldea has been accused by the road ministry officials of imposing road blocks in infrastructure projects in the past, a charge he denies.
The former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) official is considered an authority on public-private-partnership model even though he had opposed the PPP in Delhi metro and power distribution network in Delhi.
Government sources said the new transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, was keen to retain Haldea as he wants to push the public-private-partnership model. However, it was not clear whether Haldea would continue in the planning commission or move to Transport Bhawan for the new assignment.
Haldea has been tasked to push road and railway infrastructure projects in ten years of the UPA. Now, a new role awaits him.