|Anand Kumar (File Photo)|
THE entity is National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. or NHIDCL which became functional in January last year. The mandate of this government-company has been to create world class infrastructure for eight Northeastern states including Sikkim, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. And soon, NHIDCL will provide consultancy to Nepal government for construction of roads. Its managing director and 1984 batch Kerala cadre IAS Anand Kumar claims that…it uses electronic tools such as e-Office, e-Access, e-Pace and WhatsApp among others to increase efficiency and transparency of the organization, according to an official statement released after his interaction with the media during regional editor’s conference held in Chennai last week.
The e-pace, for example, is used for monitoring projects through a dash board approach, and inampro is used as a market place for procuring materials such as cement, and soon steel too will be procured in the same way. The NHIDCL has so far completed 34 projects over 1,000 km at an estimated cost Rs 10,000 crore. Presently, it is handling 130 projects over 8,000 km for an estimated cost of Rs 80,000 crore.
While talking to media persons, MD Kumar further said that bills of contractors are cleared in the headquarters in 72 hours to build confidence and as per contract agreement. Also, any contractor can email, SMS their problems to MD and other senior officials.
Kumar, 55, hails from Delhi and has been a Kerala cadre IAS. An M.Sc and M.Phil in zoology, he later did MBA from an Australian University.
In 1990s, he was a private secretary to surface transport minister and then deputy secretary in surface transport and department of industrial policy and promotion.
Between 2010 and 2014, he was a joint secretary in the union ministry of tourism.