Ashwani Lohani, the former Air India Chairman & Managing Director replaced A K Mital as the new Chairman of the Railway Board on Wednesday after the latter quit from his post. A day after taking charge of his post, Ashwani Lohani while interacting with the media said that the safety of train passengers will be the topmost priority of the Railways. In reference to the recent railway accidents that have resulted in the loss of a lot of lives, Lohani said, “Safety will be our topmost priority, of course. Cleanliness, improvement of stations, and ending corruption and VIP culture would be other areas of focus.” While talking about his appointment, Lohani said that it was an “emotional moment for me”. He added, “There are lot of expectations and the Railways will work hard to improve,” as quoted by PTI.
Former Railway Board chairman AK Mital tendered his resignation to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday and it was accepted on Wednesday morning. Ashwani Lohani is an officer of the railway mechanical service and he has served earlier as the Divisional Regional Manager of Delhi. He was also the chairman of ITDC as well as the director of the Rail Museum in the capital. In the past Lohani has served as the Managing Director & Commissioner Tourism, Government of Madhya Pradesh, CAO/IROAF, CME Northern Railway, DRM Delhi, Director of National Rail Museum, New Delhi, Director in the Ministry of Tourism Government of India, Chairman & Managing Director of India Tourism Development Corporation and other important assignments in railways.
Lohani has also featured in Limca Record in 2007 for having four “engineering degree equivalents” in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering from Institution of Engineers, India, as per a report in The Indian Express.