Palakkad (PGT): A key member of the Kashmir rail project – Anand Prakash on Monday has taken charge as the new divisional railway manager of Palakkad division of Southern Railway. He succeeds Piyush Agarwal. Anand, a civil engineering graduate from Gwalior in 1981 was involved in commissioning of Banihal – Qazigund Rail line project involving construction of India’s longest transportation tunnel of 11.2-km crossing gigantic Pir Panjal range.
This tunnel provides all weather connectivity to strategically sensitive Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country. Anand, post-graduation pursued Masters in Engineering from the University of Roorkee. He is of the Indian Railway Service of Engineers 1982 batch. He has also completed MBA in Marketing. He has got wide experience both in construction and in open line operations, especially in tunnel and bridge construction.
Anand Prakash belongs to the 1982 batch of IRSE (Indian Railway Service of Engineers). He has worked in Western Railway, Central Railway, West Central Railway, Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala, North Frontier Railway and IRCON. During his tenure in NF Railway, he was associated with Lumding Silchar gauge conversion project which involved 10-km of tunnelling through militant infested area of North-Cachar hills in Assam, in the northeast corner of India. He has experience of working as chief safety officer in WC Railway.