Anil Diggikar: Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

anil-diggikar-chairman-jawaharlal-nehru-port-trust1An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the  Maharashtra cadre, 1990, Anil Udhavrao Diggikar is chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). Situated in Navi Mumbai, JNPT operates three major container terminals and handles almost 46 per cent of total cargo and has 55 per cent of the major ports capacity in the country.

Since taking over his present role in September 2015, Diggikar has steadfastly implemented growth-led initiatives at the port. Under his leadership, several digital and green plans have been introduced, as a part of his forward-looking vision, aimed at making JNPT one of the top 10 ports in the world. His acumen for transport modalities and understanding of the port sector enable him to lead JNPT’s current ambitious projects including the fourth container terminal, the satellite port in Vadhavan, two dry ports and a multi-product special economic zone at the port.

Prior to his appointment as chairman, JNPT, he was vice chairman and managing director of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited, where he spearheaded many projects which resulted in their speedy implementation.

Diggikar started his career as assistant collector in Ratnagiri district in 1990, and thereafter he held various top executive positions in Maharashtra. During 1992-94, he played a major role as assistant collector of the earthquake rehabilitation zone in Latur, to support affected persons and oversee rehabilitation work. Subsequently, as collector Satara district, Diggikar implemented various need-based government initiatives. Other positions held by Diggikar were commissioner, Pimpri-Chinchwad Corporation, director general, Maharashtra Energy Development Corporation, Pune, and additional commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. During each of these assignments he made diverse actionable plans and saw to their successful implementation.

Diggikar holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and has taken a number of professional courses such as quantitative methods and operational research for public policy and management from IIM, Bangalore; advanced courses on the World Trade Organization from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi; ethics in public governance from the Centre for Governance, Panchgani; and leadership development programme from IIM Indore. Diggikar is an avid reader and enjoys sports and cultural activities.