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Who is IAS Maheshwar Rao M, the New MD of BMRCL?

It has been explicitly stated in the official notification that Mr. Rao should not be assigned additional government responsibilities without prior consent

1995 batch IAS officer Maheshwar Rao M has been made the new Managing Director (MD) of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL).

He will replace Mr. Anjum Parwez, who served in the position for almost two and a half years. While Mr. Parwez will continue as the Additional Chief Secretary of the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj department.

Mr. Rao’s appointment received approval from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, which equally shares governance in BMRCL.

In the official notification, the government stated, “Shri M Maheshwar Rao, IAS, assumed charge as Managing Director, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited today (12.01.2024).”

However, the government has explicitly stated that Mr. Rao should not be assigned additional government responsibilities without prior consent.

In his new role, Rao brings over 15 years of industry expertise. He will lead BMRCL’s efforts to decongest Bengaluru traffic, reduce vehicle pollution, and enhance public transport.

Mr. Rao holds a BA in Mathematics, Economics, and Statistics from Nizam College, Hyderabad Central University, a Master’s degree in Economics (Econometrics and Growth) from the University of Hyderabad, and a Master’s degree in Public Management from NUS & Harvard University.

Prior to this, he held the position of Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor, Department of Space, Bengaluru.

He held several positions in the Karnataka Government, serving as Deputy Commissioner in Mandya, Mangalore, Belagavi, and Hassan.

He also worked as Managing Director of Karnataka State Industrial Investment and Development Corporation and Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. He was also the Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment, Information & Public Relations, Industry & Commerce Department, Government of Karnataka.

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