Parwez, a 1994 batch IAS officer and currently the transport principal secretary, will be responsible for fast tracking the much-delayed Namma Metro’s Phase 2 project.
“Government of India (GoI) concurs to the proposal of Karnataka government for appointment of Parwez as managing director, BMRCL… As per the conditions of sanction of Bangalore Metro rail project, the full time managing director shall be removed/transferred only with the prior consent of GoI. The managing director shall not be given any other/additional assignment by Karnataka government without prior consent of the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA),” said a notification issued by the MoHUA on Wednesday.
Additional chief secretary (urban development department) Rakesh Singh was holding the charge of BMRCL MD since April 2021. Singh also heads the departments of urban development and water resources and is the BBMP administrator.
The previous full-time BMRCL MD Ajay Seth was appointed the new economic affairs secretary under the Union finance ministry on April 6, 2021.
Parwez, who has served as MD of BMTC, has a clear understanding of the city’s mobility issues. He earlier served as the principal secretary, urban development department and BWSSB chairman.
Currently, only 48km of the Metro network is operational in the city. The new MD will face the challenge of increasing ridership and executing Phase 2 of the project as well as the ORR-airport Metro line without further delay. Many activists had demanded a technocrat be appointed as MD.
India’s Metro Man and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s former principal adviser E Sreedharan had told TOI that frequent changing of MDs is the chief reason for slow completion of the Metro network. “I think, during the past 14 years, BMRCL has had seven MDs while DMRC has had only two in 21 years” he said.