Senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer SVR Srinivas was appointed as metropolitan commissioner of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on 31st May 2021. Srinivas, who was serving as principal secretary (housing), will replace RA Rajeev, who retired on May 31 after his three-month extension was over.
A 1991-batch officer, Srinivas has been entrusted with rebuilding of infrastructure in Mumbai and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). MMRDA is building several ambitious infrastructure projects such as 337-kilometre-long Metro network in Mumbai and MMR; the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) which will connect the city with the mainland through a 21.8-km sealink between Sewree and Nhava in Raigad; and Virar-Alibag Multi-Modal Corridor.
The appointments of Srinivas was made as part of a minor reshuffle in the state’s administration ordered by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday, 31st May 2021.
Srinivas said his priority would be to speed up both the Metro rail and MTHL projects. “I will ensure speeding up of various Metro rail projects, especially the trial run of the recent Metro-2A and 7 lines. Another vital project is to complete MTHL which will connect the island city with Navi Mumbai,” said Srinivas, adding, “My main focus will be to enhance the pace of the various infrastructure projects as the adjoining areas are growing and offer them better quality of life.”
This will be Srinivas’s second stint in MMRDA where he has earlier served as joint metropolitan commissioner.