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Shri Ratan Lal, an Electrical Engineer of 1980 batch of Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE), has joined as Additional General Manager of Northeast Frontier Railway today. Before his present assignment he was the Chief Electrical Engineer of N. F. Railway.

Born in 1959 in Rajasthan, Shri Ratan Lal had obtained a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1980 before joining Indian Railways as a probationer in 1982. During his 34 years of service, he had worked in various capacities in different railway zones including as Additional Divisional Railway Manager of Bikaneer in North Western Railway, Divisional Railway Manager of Rangiya Division of N. F. Railway. He had also served Western Railway, North Western Railway and Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala in various responsible positions.

Shri Ratan Lal has widespread experience in railway working and maintenance of crucial electrical installations in Railways including AC Electric Locomotives, electrical traction loco operation and traction distribution systems, air-conditioning of coaches and train lighting systems. He has also dealt with design of electrical Power supply system including Power cars and modification of higher capacity air conditioning systems in coaches.

As DRM, Rangiya he had been instrumental in successful commissioning of gauge conversion project from Rangiya to Harmuti (250km), new line from Harmuti to Naharlagun and new line from Dudhnoi to Mendipathar which brought Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya into the broad gauge railway map of India. He had been largely instrumental in successfully conducting two major functions involving the Prime Minister – inauguration of passenger services to Mendipathar in Meghalya and passenger services to Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh. With the development of Rangiya as a Model Station with spacious circulating area and provision of minimum essential amenities in other stations, passenger amenities got a major boost during his tenure as DRM.

He had visited Germany, Sweden and Denmark to gain experience in electrical systems related to train operations. He has keen interest in Yoga, Meditation, Swimming, Table Tennis, Badminton and Golf.

(Pranav Jyoti Sharma)

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