Shri Mahesh Kumar has taken over as General Manager, Western Railway on 9th November, 2011.
Shri Mahesh Kumar graduated in Electronics & Communication Engineering in 1975 from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee). He belongs to the 1975 batch of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE). Mr. Kumar has extensive technical, project and administrative experience in Railways having worked in several challenging assignments such as Executive Director/Signal, Railway Board, Executive Director/Telecom, Railway Board, Divisional Railway Manager (Bangalore), Chief Administrative Officer, Indian Railway Project Management Unit, Delhi & Additional Member (Signal), Railway Board.
One of his most remarkable feat has been gaining entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for commissioning the ‘Largest Route Relay Interlocking’ in the world at Old Delhi Railway Station in shortest possible time of 36 hours, only Officer from Indian Railway to have achieved this. Besides, he has many firsts and innovations to his credit like commissioning of major doubling projects within 3-4 hours block, Modified Automatic Signalling for safe train operation during fog, termed innovation of the year 2010-11, commissioning of Passenger Reservation System through satellite, commissioning of first integrated Railways’ Call Centre using ‘139’ and commissioning of major yard remodellings within short blocks.
He has been the recipient of several awards including awards from Hon’ble Minister & Railway Board several times. He has undertaken visits to study Advanced Railway Technology & Operations to several countries viz. U.K. Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, USA, Australia, France & Malaysia.