Satyanarayansinh Rathore, Chairman, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL), has been appointed as Managing Director of the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC).
He would be taking over the post from I P Gautam, who had resigned from the post following his appointment as a member of the Lokpal body.
Earlier, Rathore was acting as nominated Director of GMRC after he retired as Additional Chief Secretary, Roads and Building Department, Government of Gujarat.
Rathore started his career as a Civil Engineer with Gujarat Service of Engineers (GSE) cadre. He belongs to the royal family of Valasna State. He is popularly known as the ‘Highway and canal man of Gujarat’.
As CMD of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL), Rathore completed the Sardar Sarovar dam project which enabled the supply of irrigation and drinking water from the Narmada river, established various canal networks. He also lead the team for the Statue of Unity project.
Rathore introduced the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) road development model, the first of its kind in India. He is credited for developing major highways in Gujarat. He also served as the former President of the Institute of Engineers, India, Indian Road Congress, and the Vice-President of the World Federation of Engineering Organization.
He also served as the Principal Secretary of the Government of Gujarat. Rathore was honored with the fourth highest civilian honour Padma Shree in 2018 for his contribution towards infrastructure development in India.