Jitendra Tyagi: Managing Director, UKMRC

Managing Director, UKMRC

Managing director (MD) of Uttarakhand Metro Rail, Urban Infrastructure and Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (UKMRC), Jitendra Tyagi brings to the table over 35 years of experience in the railway and metro segments. He is a 1983 batch officer of the Indian Railways Services of Engineers. As MD of UKMRC, his responsibility is to lead and oversee the planning, construction and operations of the upcoming Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh metro rail project, which is expected to be rolled out in a phased manner, and is a dream project of the Uttarakhand government.

Prior to UKMRC, Tyagi has held various positions at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), where he had a 13-year stint. His contribution there is well known and recognised. As the chief project manager, he has to his credit the completion of the Central Secretariat–Qutub Minar underground metro corridor. Thereafter, he took charge as director (works) in DMRC and was involved in the completion of several corridors of Phase III of the Delhi metro. Along with this, he also oversaw the implementation of the Jaipur and Kochi metro rail projects, also as director.

He is known for his innovative style of functioning and out-of-the-box solutions to challenges. It was he who initiated the idea of interest-free loan advances to contractors at the beginning of Phase II of the Delhi metro project, thus eliminating the financial issues faced by the contractors. This innovative idea has now become a practice in most other metro organisations as well. Tyagi’s management principle is to treat contractors as partners since he feels that, “your success depends entirely on their success.”

According to him, his core strength is to work without any boundaries while managing a project. However, he feels that he gets too attached to any project assigned to him.

Tyagi is a civil engineering graduate and a gold medallist as well. He has presented several research papers on new innovations at international conferences. Besides, he has a keen interest in sports such as badminton, squash and carom. He believes that for prosperity, documentation of achievements is necessary.

Tyagi likes to spend his spare time with family and friends and is an avid traveller as well. Besides his wife, his family comprises a son and a daughter, both of whom are married.