In a significant administrative reshuffle, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has relieved Radhesham Mopalwar of his additional duties as the Managing Director (MD) of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). Anilkumar Gaikwad, a Joint Managing Director, has been appointed as the new MD of MSRDC. According to reliable sources, Chief Minister Shinde approved Gaikwad’s appointment on Wednesday, with the official order set to be issued on December 1.
Radheshyam Mopalwar, an experienced officer, was appointed as the Managing Director of MSRDC in 2017. Following his retirement, he received a significant seven-year extension, beginning in February 2018. During his tenure, Mopalwar played a crucial role in overseeing numerous infrastructure projects, including the Nagpur-Mumbai Prosperity Corridor. His multiple extensions, spanning both the Fadnavis and Thackeray administrations, make him the first officer to receive such frequent renewals. Despite stepping down from additional responsibilities at MSRDC, Mopalwar will continue to play an important role as the Principal Secretary for Infrastructure.
Anilkumar Gaikwad has been asked to hold an additional charge as MSRDC MD until the state government makes a full-time appointment. Following his retirement, the government retained Gaikwad’s services with a formal appointment as the Joint Managing Director. Now, with his direct appointment as the Managing Director, he assumes greater administrative responsibilities.
As the completion of the Samruddhi Mahamarg, a flagship project under the leadership of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, nears its end, discussions have arisen about extending Mopalwar’s term in government decisions, prolonging his tenure until August 31, 2022.
The state government’s decision to appoint Anilkumar Gaikwad as the Managing Director of MSRDC has been made public, underscoring its commitment to ensuring smooth administrative transitions within the organisation.