Shri Anil Kumar Khandelwal assumes charge as the Member Infrastructure, Railway Board

In a strategic move to fortify its leadership, the Ministry of Railways has greenlit the promotion of Shri Anil Kumar Khandelwal as the Member Infrastructure, Railway Board & Ex-Officio Secretary to the Government of India.

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Shri Anil Kumar Khandelwal, a 1987 batch officer of the Indian Railway Service of Engineers, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from MNIT, Jaipur and M.Tech from IIT, Roorkee.


  • With over 35 years of invaluable professional experience, Shri Khandelwal has played a pivotal role in the construction and maintenance of the Indian Railways infrastructure.
  • His career includes overseeing and delivery of numerous significant railway construction projects.
  • He commenced his journey in the challenging Naxalite area of South Central Railway as Assistant Engineer/Bellampalli and subsequently held roles in SCR, Southern Railway, Railway Board, Northern Railway, USBRL Project, and again in Railway Board in various capacities before joining General Manager/East Central Railway.

Achievement and Services:

  • Notably, he served as the Chief Administrative Officer/Construction for the prestigious USBRL Project and contributed to the construction of the world’s highest railway bridge, the Chenab Bridge.
  • As Executive Director/Track Machines at the Railway Board, he made notable contributions in ‘Make in India’ and transforming India from a track machine importer to an exporter.
  • During his tenure as Executive Director/Non-Fare Revenue, Railway Board, Shri Khandelwal achieved a remarkable milestone, realising the highest ever Non-Fare Revenue of Rs. 10,368 Cr. (6.2% of the total revenue) in 2016-17.
  • His exceptional leadership skills were further showcased when he was specially appointed as the first Principal Executive Director of the Gati Shakti Directorate, Railway Board.
  • In this role, he spearheaded initiatives to break down departmental silos, fostering a collaborative approach to planning, sanctioning, and monitoring projects.
  • The result was record-breaking performance in project sanctioning and delivery, with Indian Railways commissioning the highest-ever track in the year 2022-23.

Beyond his professional achievements, Shri Khandelwal is a well-rounded individual. He has a background in sports, having played basketball at the state level. As the President of Sports for Northern Railway, he led the team to win the prestigious Kaul’s Gold Cup for the best sports performance in 2021-22, marking a historic achievement for the Northern Railway.

His commitment to lifelong learning is evident through his participation in strategic management programs at INSEAD, Singapore, ICLIF, Malaysia in 2007, and the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. He is also a distinguished fellow and life member of several prestigious institutions.

Shri Anil Kumar Khandelwal’s appointment as Member Infrastructure, Railway Board marks a strategic move for the Ministry of Railways, solidifying its leadership team to navigate the upcoming phase of growth and expansion in the country. The Board’s confidence in Shri Khandelwal’s capabilities and his proven track record position him as a key driver for the Railway’s future success.

Source: PIB- Press Release | Image Credit: PIB