New Delhi, Oct 19: Senior bureaucrat Alkesh Kumar Sharma is the new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Development Corporation—a $90-billion government-sponsored infrastructure project with aid from Japan.
A 1990-batch Kerala-cadre IAS officer from Rajasthan, Sharma today took over the DMIC assignment which will span three years. Till recently, he was working as the Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
The 2006-incepted DMIC is setting up industrial zones across six states to spur development in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The end terminals span 1,483 km between Dadri (Noida) in the National Capital Region and Jawaharlal Nehru Port near Mumbai. This project plays an important role in Prime Minister’s “Make In India” and “Smart City” Programmes.
DMIC is currently chaired by Mr Amitabh Kant, who is also the Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.
Mr Sharma’s earlier tenure as the Director of Kerala Tourism during 2001 to 2004 saw the State consistently topping the national tourism awardees. Also, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation turned into one of the highest profit-making enterprises when he was its managing director for three years from 2009.
For five years from 2004, Mr Sharma was actively engaged in the union government’s initiatives such as City Development Plans and mainstreaming urban poverty into inclusive urban planning during his stint as the Director, Urban Development Ministry, besides as the National Project coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme.
He has served as the director in Bharat Petroleum, Keltron, Western India Plywoods, Apollo Tyres, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services Ltd and Nitta Gelatin India Ltd and Indian Rare Earths Ltd.
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