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President of Function

Hon. Er. Brijesh Dixit
  • D.R.M., Central Railway, Nagpur

Shri Brijesh Dixit was born on 2 Sept.1958 in Betul, Madhya Pradesh and did his BE in Civil Engineering in 1980 from Maulana Azad College of T echnology (MACT now MANIT) Bhopal. He had brilliant academic record. After his graduation he initially joined as faculty there for a short period before joining the prestigious Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) in Feb.1982.

During his initial stint as Assistant Engineer in North East Frontier Railway , he was instrumental in improving difficult Lumding-Badarpur-Silchar Hill section to control accidents and land slides, thereby ensuring uninterrupted food and fuel supply to sensitive border states of North-East India viz. Assam, Manipur , Mizoram, T ripura etc. As Executive Engineer (Bridge) in Central Railway , Workshop, Manmad, he was instrumental in modernization of the grand old Engineering Workshop of Indian Railways (IR) and fabrication of the welded girders instead of riveted girders for the first time on IR as also the largest 400-feet open web girders again a first on IR. As Senior Divisional Engineer , Jabalpur during 1989 – 93, he was instrumental in successful introduction of mechanized T rack Relaying on IR by using Ballast Cleaning Machines (BCMs), T rack Relaying T rains(TRT), T-28 T urn Outs, Handling Portals etc. on a large scale.

As, Director (Track Modernisation) Railway Board during 1993-97, he was closely associated with IR's T rack modernization effort by replacing Wooden Sleepers with Concrete Sleepers, Fish Plated rails with Welded rails, Manual maintenance with Mechanized Maintenance etc. This went a long way to prepare IR for exponential increase in volume of traffic in subsequent years and eventually joining the prestigious 'One Billion' Tonnes-Freight Traffic-Club last year amongst the World Railways.

He has the unique distinction of intensively working in Mumbai Suburban section of both Central and Western Railways in several capacities, thereby handling very heavy and challenging traffic conditions at Split Second frequencies. During his stint as Sr . Divisional Engineer , C. Rly . , Mumbai, CST he was responsible for transformational improvement of track condition by large scale shifting of encroachments from close vicinity of track, quick renewal of aged track by using TRT s in Mega Blocks for the first time ever there, repair/rehabilitation and replacement of overhead corroded steel structures at stations to improve safety and functionability . As, ADRM, Mumbai Central, W. Rly . during 1999-01, he oversaw the working of difficult Mumbai suburban section of Western Railway which is the heaviest suburban corridor of the Country carrying 3.5 million passengers on board over 1250 Local trains daily .

As Chief Engineer (Const.) in Mumbai Suburban section of W.Rly . , in two spells during 2002 to 2011 he was responsible for Construction and commissioning of Quadrupling of track from Vasai-Virar . T wo Km. long Mega Bridge over Vasai Creek constructed using pre-stressed concrete girders launched by using tidal waves, a land mark of Mumbai now, was part of this work. Also executed several other Land Mark works in Mumbai Suburban section including face lift of Churchgate Station Building, extension of its platform overhead roof in the running traffic condition for the first time after its initial construction in British days, its Yard remodeling and that of Borivali and Andheri stations in challenging traffic conditions.

As Divisional Railway Manager, Nagpur, C.Rly. since Oct.2011, his stint is going to be memorable one due to many outstanding path breaking achievements. T wo long standing demands of development of Santra Market side of Nagpur station and conversion of Ajni station in to a T erminus not only materialized but their attractive development far exceeded general expectations.

He has taken series of initiatives to complete and commission a no. of Passenger and Staff Amenity Works on fast pace despite facing severe fund crunch. New contemporary and attractive façades at Nagpur Santra Market side and at Ajni, long awaited new Home PF at NGP Santra Market side with Car-to-Coach facility , installation of Escalator , a first at Nagpur station, attractive Waiting lounges etc. He ensured maiden introduction of Summer/Holiday Specials, to clear rush from Nagpur towards Pune & Mumbai, opening of IR's first Private Freight T erminal as also the third one and several new sidings. His stint has seen tremendous improvement in Loading and Earning of Nagpur (CR) Division after continuous fall for several years and sharp improvement in Operational Efficiency by rise in Asset Utilisation HT Energy Conservation/regeneration and several other innovative measures thereby resulting in sharp rise in overall Efficiency and Earnings.

Attractive Gunjan Auditorium, transformation of Divisional Railway Hospital, opening ASTHA cell for time bound staff grievance redressal, new improved Lobbies and Running Rooms are a few landmark Staff Amenity works and initiatives. He took special interest in improving quality of service delivered to the passengers and other users as also staff as internal customers through transformation of Base Kitchens, Retiring Rooms, Courtesy training for staff , new improved lobbies, Running Rooms, Ladies Common Room, Rest Houses etc. Sharp improvement in Punctuality , Safety , Staff motivation, Industrial and Public Relation have been hallmarks of his tenure.

Commissioning of complex signaling work, called RRI, at Nagpur station waiting for commissioning for last 6 years was completed in June '12 very innovatively without much disruption to train running as usually happens and without any post commissioning issues which are common. This has tremendously reduced detention to Express trains at Nagpur station and helped improve punctuality . Several other measures to further improve efficiency and punctuality are in progress. Increasing Efficiency and Cutting Cost have been twin objectives he has followed relentlessly at Nagpur .

Successful handling of very recent breaches which occurred after unprecedented record breaking rainfall during July & August this year in Wardha-Nagpur and AmlaItarsi sections and restoration of traffic in the shortest possible time thereby considerably reducing public inconvenience has been appreciated by the users, public in general and media.

He is recipient of 'Minister of Railways' Award for his distinguished railway service in the year 1992 and several Inter-Divisional Efficiency Shields during his various stints in Railway working. He also has distinction of receiving 'GM/C.Rly's Overall Efficiency Shield' for consecutive two years as Divisional Railway Manager , Nagpur in recognition of Nagpur division’s Best Performance in Central Railway .

He has presented several papers in National Railway Conferences. He has also widely travelled abroad for his trainings and presentation of papers in various InterNational Conferences. He attended United Nations Development Programmes International T raining in Sweden in 1995 and presented T echnical papers in International Seminars on Railway Safety Management in Canada (Montreal) and Ireland (Dublin) in 2006. Has also visited United Kingdom, France, Denmark, USA, Switzerland in connection with Conference of Overseas Development Funding Agencies/ T raining / Safety etc.

He believes in Philosophy that it is ordinary people who rise to extra-ordinary heights given an enabling environment and provision of such an environment is the responsibility of senior leaders and Managers. They should rather do 'Imagineering' while the routine engineering should be delegated well to mid and lower levels of management.

He has keen interest in the latest and cutting edge developments in Science, T echnology and Engineering of all disciplines and particularly Civil Engineering. He is a vivid reader of International/National Journals and magazines and other literature and books particularly biographies of leading National & International leaders and achievers in all walks of life. Devotes a lot of personal time for promotion of education particularly high quality technical education amongst younger generation. Likes to closely interact with young engineers and officers to motivate and encourage them to promote T eam Spirit and T eam Building at all levels, thinking that nothing can be done without a strong and motivated team.

He has been pursuing his Ph.D in the field of Economics on the subject of 'Economics of Railway Safety' in the University of Mumbai, Department of Economics which he plans to complete soon.