Surjit Singh Madan is currently serving as head, rail systems at Amravati Metro Rail Corporation [AMRC] Limited. He has expertise in developing rolling stock and associated rail systems for transportation projects in India and abroad. Beginning his career as a designer of DC traction motors at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Bhopal, he now has over 45 years of experience in rail transportation, including 20 years in developing urban rail projects. In his current role as the head, rail systems, AMRC, Madan is responsible for developing rail systems for light metro rail projects in Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.
In the past, Madan has served as project manager at BHEL’s Centre of Electric Transportation in Bhopal. He has also worked as chief of locomotive design at BHEL’s Jhansi unit and later went on to serve in various top management positions. He was appointed vice-president, rolling stock, Mumbai Metro One Private Limited, a part of the Reliance Infrastructure Group, where he was responsible for developing rolling stock for Mumbai metro, Line 1, and the Delhi Airport Metro Express Line.
During his stint abroad, he worked as an associate at Parker & Associates, Inc., Canada, where he was responsible for developing rolling stock for Washington metro, New York metro, Chicago metro, the South East Pennsylvania Transit Authority and high-powered freight locomotives for the South African Railway (Spoornet). Besides, he has also worked on high speed rail projects in Taiwan and Japan.
He has several achievements to his credit. As project manager at BHEL, he developed a unique performance simulator (roller rig) which is used to test locomotives of different power supplies, gauges and axle spacing. The rig’s unique feature is that it enables the testing of propulsion systems without mounting on a rail vehicle. This innovation led to his biography being included in the American publication Who’s Who in the World in 1997. Other achievements include designing of traction motors for the Kolkata metro and for AC/DC electrical multiple units, and redesigning traction motors of meter gauge diesel electric locomotives to make them suitable for operations in the wet tropical climate of Vietnam.
Madan is an electrical engineer from NIT, Raipur. An avid reader and articulate writer, he has contributed many technical papers and presented them in national and international conferences. Apart from work, he enjoys visiting different places in India and abroad with his family.