Air India chief Ashwani Lohani to head Railway Board after the exit of present CRB AK Mittal

| August 23, 2017


NEW DELHI: Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani was on Wednesday appointed as chairman of the Railway Board.
Lohani’s appointment comes after AK Mittal quit as the board chief following the recent train accidents. “Turnaround specialist” Lohani was brought to Air India exactly two years back from the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation and is credited with bringing in substantial improvement in the airline.

The changes enabled the government to bring back AI in a condition where it could be offered for sale to prospective bidders. A 1980 batch Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers officer, Lohani had played a key role in restoring the world’s oldest working steam locomotive for running the Fairy Queen between Delhi and Alwar.

Lohani’s name figures in the Limca Book of Records’ 2007 edition for earning four engineering degrees at a young age of 21 in 1979. He was also a Guinness record holder in 1998 for running the Fairy Queen.

He piloted the nomination of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and Bodhgaya’s Mahabodhi Temple as world heritage sites.  During the earlier BJP rule in 2002, he was heading ITDC in 2001-02 and is credited with substantially improving Delhi’s Ashoka Hotel. He has written two books: “Smoking Beauties” on steam locomotives and “Winning at Work against all odds”, a book on management.

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