Ex-bureaucrat Anand Kulkarni to head power regulator of MERC

MUMBAI: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday appointed former bureaucrat Anand Kulkarni as the new chairman of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, following a recommendation by a high-level committee headed by a retired judge of Bombay high court.

The post was lying vacant since June 2015 following the retirement of senior bureaucrat Chandra Iyengar. Senior bureaucrat A M Khan was holding charge since then. Energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule will administer oath to Kulkarni on Wednesday. A month ago, Kulkarni was appointed chairman of the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority. Following his nomination on MERC, he has resigned.
An IAS officer of the 1982 batch, Kulkarni retired on January 31, 2016. In fact, he was to be appointed MERC chairman immediately after his retirement, but it was delayed. Kulkarni was the first IAS officer to head the public works department, which is in severe crisis owing to rampant corruption and irregularities. After Kulkarni took over, he streamlined the entire administration, took on erring chief engineers and shifted high-profile engineers, who were camping in Mumbai for several decades, to remote areas. Another highlight of his tenure was that largest number of engineers were suspended for corrupt practices.
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