PS Kharola is the new head of Bangalore Metro Rail

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BANGALORE Aug 10: Even as Bangalore Metro rail is gearing up for running its reach-3 route between Sampige road to Peenya, the state government on Saturday transferred its head N Sivasailam. Senior IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola has been posted as managing director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited.

Sivasailam a 1985 batch IAS officer has been heading the BMRCL since 9 June 2008. The motive behind transfer is said to be deteriorating road conditions near metro works. Bangalore in-charge minister R Ramalinga Reddy was reportedly unhappy with Sivasailam over BMRCL’s response and coordination with BBMP on road works.

The issue was repeatedly raised on the floor of the house recently by the MLA and MLCs representing Bangalore City. Also there were complaints from the elected representatives regarding inaccessibility and transparency against the Metro Man.

However, when it came to project execution Sivasailam was considered task master.

Recently, the high court also had warned BMRCL for violating labour norms at metro work site. The observation from the court had come following a PIL which raised concern over the safety at metro work sites. The PIL was filed in the wake of repeated casualties at the project site which also involved injuries to labourers working for the project.

In another key transfer, BWSSB chairman Gaurav Gupta has been replaced by MS Ravishankar. Gupta has been posted as regional commissioner, Bangalore division.

Other postings include: SN Jayaram (commissioner, social welfare), Naveen Raj Singh (director, Karnataka Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency), S Shankaranaryan (director, mines and geology), AM Kunjappa (Member, KAT), DS Vishwanath (commissioner, employment and training), Anurag Tiwari (deputy commissioner, Kodagu), Rohini Sindhuri Dasari (director, self employment programme),DK Ravi (deputy commissioner, Kolar), Rame Gowda (director, pre university education and executive director KEA), GS Shivaswamy (director, tribal welfare), N Panali (managing director, Karnataka Silk Marketing Board) and BS Shekharappa (deputy commissioner, Chickmagalur).

Siva tweets:
One tenure has ended. Look forward to the next job when assigned. Not a dull day over 62 months (just 2days short of 62 months). Thanks to the wonderful team at NammaMetro, the like of which I have never seen in my career. Can’t say, whether I will see – N Sivasailam,

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