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Pradeep Singh Kharola takes over as Air India CMD

He was the managing director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd since February 2015

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Pradeep Singh Kharola
Pradeep Singh Kharola(right)

Senior IAS officer today took charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of

Kharola assumed charge from Rajiv Bansal.

A 1985-batch cadre officer, Kharola would be steering the national carrier at a time when the has started the process for its strategic disinvestment.

He was the managing director of Metro Rail Corporation Ltd since February 2015.

Among others, Kharola has worked in various posts in Karnataka, including as the chairman of Urban Infrastructure Development and Corporation Ltd. He has also served as principal secretary to the chief minister.

As part of efforts to revive the fortunes of -- which is staying afloat on taxpayers' money -- the has decided on selling stake in the airline.

The carrier, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 50,000 crore, managed to eke out operational profit for the first time in a decade in 2015-16.

First Published: Mon, December 11 2017. 15:55 IST