Bharat Bhushan Modgil, the new project head of Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), is from the 1972 batch of the Indian Railway Service, and retired from service in Mumbai as general manager of Central Railway in May 2010.
MMOPL is constructing the city’s first metro line between Versova, Andheri and Ghatkopar (VAG), Central Railway commuters will remember Modgil for his campaigns for better passenger amenities through mobile text messages as well as a cleanliness campaign at suburban railway stations. Also, following suggestions from commuters, Modgil had ordered replacement of all seats in the first class compartments of Central Railway. Under him, CR added 62 new suburban services to take the total services to 1,556.
The man he replaces, K P Maheshwari, has been involved with the Metro project since its inception, and has a reputation for being a workaholic. Maheshwari has been ‘elevated’ by the developer, Reliance Infra, as head of strategy and business for R Infra.
The Mumbai Metro project has attracted a lot of criticism for delays, and the decision to redesignate Maheshwari was taken in September, said sources.
The company, which has bagged big-ticket projects in Mumbai such as the Metro and the Worli-Haji Ali sea link, is increasingly getting jittery it is learned, as most of its projects are stalled. When contacted, both Maheshwari and Modgil said they would speak about the issue later.