R.S. Khurana is currently the chairman and managing director (CMD) of Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Limited (MRVC), a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Railways (MoR). MRVC was established to execute suburban railway infrastructure development projects in Mumbai.
He joined the Indian Railway Service of Engineers in August 1986. Some of the important roles in which he served before joining MRVC were group general manager (tech services) and chief project manager, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited; chief engineer (construction), East Central Railway; director (civil), Research Design and Standards Organisation; and chief project manager (operations), Ircon International Limited. He has experience of over 25 years in various railway construction projects ranging from new railway lines to gauge conversion and doubling of lines.
He joined MRVC as director, projects, in July 2012 and played a critical role in the planning and execution of various railway projects under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) Phase II. After about six years, he was elevated to the role of CMD in January 2018.
In a quest to further augment and enhance the comfort, capacity and safety of the Mumbai suburban railway system, two major projects – MUTP, Phases 3 and 3A – have been proposed by MRVC and sanctioned by the MoR. The existing right of way of railways has been utilised to the maximum and additional corridors such as quadrupling of the Virar-Dahanu section, a new section between Panvel and Karjat, third and fourth lines between Kalyan and Badlapur, and fifth and sixth lines between Borivali and Virar have been proposed. The entire signalling system in is also proposed to be upgraded to a communication-based train control system. The system will allow up to 24 trains to run in an hour, an increase of 33 per cent from the current 18 trains.
Khurana is a team player and leads a dedicated team working relentlessly towards improving Mumbai’s local trains, conscious of the fact that even a minor breach in service can bring the city to a standstill. The biggest challenge for MRVC is to get projects on track without disturbing the existing system and meet the soaring expectations of rail users.
Khurana is an alumnus of the Institute of Technology (IIT), Banaras Hindu University, and IIT Delhi from where he completed a bachelor’s in civil engineering and a master’s in structural engineering respectively.