The railway ministry had yesterday appointed Lohani as the Chairman of Railway Board after A K Mital had tendered his resignation following two derailments within a span of five days killing over 20 people and injuring more than 200.
"Safety will be our topmost focus, of course. Cleanliness, improvement of stations, ending corruption and VIP culture would be other areas of focus," Lohani told reporters here.
He further said it was an "emotional moment" for him to take charge of the Railway Board. Being an officer of the railway mechanical service, the railways is the parent organisation for Lohani. He has earlier served as the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Delhi.
Lohani said he "feels good" that the government has considered him "worthy" of this position.
Underlining that the Railways are a very old organisation and lifeline for India, he said it has several strengths. "We will move forward on those strengths," he said.
As Lohani entered the Rail Bhawan, he bowed down to pay reverence to his parent organisation.
He assumes charge at a time the safety aspect of the railways is under sharp focus after two back-to-back derailments.
Hailed as a turnaround specialist, Lohani, was serving as the CMD of now operationally profitable Air India.