Shri R. K. Gupta graduated in Civil Engineering in 1977 with Hons. from erstwhile University of Roorkee (now IIT/Roorkee) and holds Master’s Diploma in Public Administration. He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers(India), Fellow of Institution of Permanent Way Engineers(India), Fellow of Indian Council of Arbitration, Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK) for two years,Member of All India Management Association, Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (USA) and Chartered Engineer from Institution of Engineers.
Mr Gupta is an experienced professional with a unique combination of technical expertise, business leadership, managerial experience of working in Government and Public sectors to lead the delivery and implementation of mission-critical infrastructure projects. The core competencies includes but not limited to Project Planning & Management, National & International Procurement, Contract Management, Strategic and Operational Management in Railroad sector. Highlights of his experience are as under:
- Over 15 years’ experience in high level management positions and headed many rail infrastructure projects including over 4 bn US$ USBRL National project and over 18 bn US$ Dedicated Freight Corridors (Eastern & Western) projects;
- Over 37 years of experience in rail operations and constructions with successful delivery of quality outputs
- Over 15 years’ experience in making financial planning decisions, year on year, considering the goals and objective set for the unit/division/region, he headed.
An Officer of 1977-batch of Indian Railways Service of Engineers (IRSE), he worked in various important posts in different parts of the country. Prior to his retirement, he worked as General Manager (CEO) of Eastern Railway (6985 track km network, 3 major coach/loco workshops, 139 thousand employees, running 1930 nos. passenger carrying trains carrying over 3.2 million passengers daily and moving over 67 million tons of freight traffic annually), responsible for all policy decisions at the macro level concerning administration, train operations, safety, planning, procurement, security, marketing and freight management etc.
Before posting as GM, he was selected (by a specially constituted Board, headed by Cabinet Secretary, Govt of India) as Managing Director of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) – a Schedule ‘A’ Central PSU under Ministry of Railway, created to undertake planning & development, mobilization of financial resources and construction, maintenance and operation of the Dedicated Freight Corridors spanning a total length of about 3300 route kms (Costing Rs. 950 bn Approx.) in the first phase. Successfully spearheaded loan negotiations with World Bank (US$ 2.75 bn) and JICA (JY ¥670 bn) for this mega infrastructure rail project. After finalising SBDs, prequalification followed by one/two stage bidding process, contracts worth Rs. 130 bn. covering a length of 1100 route Km were awarded. The other major highlight had been in acquisition of land, environmental/forest/wild life and other statutory clearances after successful engagement of all the stakeholders and close inter-ministerial coordination.He established a robust system of quality control, safety, health environment and project monitoring. He chaired discussions with industry experts to finalize unique track specifications and operational strategies to accommodate heavy haul and long haul freight traffic (First initiative of its kind in India)
As Chief Administrative Officer, he headed India’s prestigious and challenging Rs.19,500 crores ‘National Project’ – Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramula Rail Link (USBRL) in Jammu &Kashmir, which is considered to be world’s one of the most difficult projects in terms of logistics & terrain and majority of the alignment passes through long tunnels and very tall & long bridges. During the tenure, of the 294 km long new rail line project, 119 km new line from Quazigund to Baramulla was commissioned as an ‘Island Railway’ with all infrastructural facilities and another 42 km was in advanced stages of completion. This project involves tunneling in one of world’s most difficult terrain and geological strata, to the extent of 114 km, apart from mega and important bridges in very difficult terrain. One of the bridges over Chenab river would earn the distinction of World’s tallest and longest single span arch bridge.Oversaw all aspects of the design and construction of Pir-Panjal Tunnel, designated the longest (11.2 Km) transportation tunnel in Asia. For successful completion of the project in Kashmir Valley, Hon’ble PM sanctioned cash awards on three occasions in recognition of his outstanding services.The project was amongst the Final Candidates for Prime Ministers’ award for Excellence in Public Administration in 2009
As Principal Chief Engineer, he headed all civil engineering activities over entire North Eastern Railway including planning, monitoring and enabling a team of about 800+ engineers (almost 50+ at senior level) for carrying out maintenance activities for railway tracks, bridges and all Civil structures including residential and service buildings in the entire jurisdiction of about 3450 route Km (3808 track km) with 486 stations.
He headed Lucknow division on Northern Railways as Divisional Railway Manager, responsible for overall performance including operations and maintenance, safety, passenger and freight transportation, revenue earnings, planning for capital expenditure and asset performance, etc. Managed multi-disciplinary work Force of about 30,000 including a team of over 600 engineers of all disciplines on Lucknow Division, a very sensitive division from Industrial Relations point of view. The division has large assets to maintain with 1459 route Km of track, 194 stations, a loco maintenance workshop and several other railway installations. Over 400 passenger trains were handled every day on Lucknow division.
Under his leadership, Lucknow Division witnessed tremendousimprovements and bagged 11 shields of various disciplines along with Overall Efficiency Shield for all round improvement in all fields on the Zonal Railway. It was a rare honor, achieved for the first time in over 100 years’ history of the Railway Division
Other important postings include Chief Engineer onNorth Central Railway, Northern Railway and North-East Frontier Railway;Director/Executive Director in the Ministry of Railways etc.
He has published several technical papers concerning railway bridges & track in various magazines and delivered Lectures extensively in various Civil Engineering and related areas in India and abroad. He was also associated with various Expert Groups. He visited almost all the countries in Europe apart from USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore for training/study visits/ conferences, etc.
He had been conferred with ‘Eminent Engineer’s Award’ by Institution of Engineers in 2013,“Chanakya Award” for Business Excellence in Public Sector by Public Relations Council of India in 2015 and “Life TimeContribution” award by American Society of Civil Engineers in 2016.