NEW DELHI: Puneet Chawla (IRSSE) present Executive Diector,Railway Board has been appointed as the new Chairman and Managing Director of Railtel Corporation ltd. This year in April Chawla had succeeded Satish Kumar as ED Safety in Railway Board.
Presently H.K.Agarwal, Additional Member (Telecom),Railway Board has additional charge of Chairman cum Managing Director/RailTel Corporation India Ltd. (RCIL) w.e.f. 23.08.2018.
Shri Puneet Chawla is a 1985 batch officer of Indian Railway Services of Signal Engineers (IRSSE), working as Chairman & Managing Director, RailTel (on additional charge) and also Executive Director (Safety), Railway Board, Ministry of Railways.
Prior to this, he has worked as Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Ajmer, where he gave lot of thrust on developing infrastructure in areas of Safety, Capacity Augmentation (Doubling) and Railway Electrification. Large Scale passenger amenities like, Satellite stations, Second Entry at A1 and A class stations, lifts, escalators, Wi-Fi services, cashless services, water vending machines, Baby feeding rooms, Mechanized cleaning of stations round the clock etc. were put in place by him. Eco-friendly measures i.e. installation of Solar panels, LED bulbs for lighting, green walls, mass plantations on Railway land, were also taken up on a war footing. Divisional Hospital Ajmer became first Green Hospital of Indian Railways. Large scale land monetization initiatives were also taken by him.
Shri Chawla has handled many other important positions with Indian Railways i.e General Manager, Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL), Chief Project Manager, Indian Railway Project Management Unit (IRPMU) etc. While working as Chief Project Manager, Indian Railway Project Management Unit, he was instrumental in taking the path breaking project of Modernization of Signaling & Telecom (S&T) system on Ghaziabad-Kanpur-Mughal Sarai Section (755Kms) involving installation of Electronic Interlocking (EI), Mobile Train Radio Communication on GSM-R to an advanced stage of completion. Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) for working of trains from a central place and Automatic Signaling on Optical Fiber backbone was implemented for the first time on Indian Railways under his leadership. He has also executed Yard Remodeling and Re-Signaling of Delhi Area’s big stations i.e. New Delhi, Delhi Main, Ghaziabad and Delhi Sarai Rohilla.
Armed with degrees of B.E./Electronic and Electrical Communication from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh (Where he was Gold Medalist) and M.B.A, Shri Chawla has long experience in Project Management and Administrative fields. Shri Chawla has versatile qualities of Team work and Man Power Planning. He has an image of being reliable and soft spoken. Shri Chawla has been awarded at National, Zonal and Divisional levels of the Ministry of Railways, and has attended many training programs in India and abroad.