Bhopal, India (Urban Transport News): Madhya Pradesh Government on August 31, 2021, issued new posting orders of various IAS Officers of the state. 2008-batch IAS Officer Chhavi Bhardwaj has been appointed as Managing Director of special purpose vehicle (SPV) Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MPMRCL) to speed up the work of Metro Rail projects proposed in Bhopal and Indore cities.
Prior to posting to MPMRCL, she was Mission Director of the National Health Mission of the Government of India in Madhya Pradesh.
Chhavi started her professional journey as Assistant Collector in 2008. In 2013, she was appointed as District Magistrate - cum- Collector in the Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh. Just after one month of her posting, she becomes a spotlight person as she filed an FIR against the Chief Municipal Officer of the area for offering a Rs 50,000 bribe to her. Throughout her posting to Dindori, she made lots of improvements in the area from education to social development.
In April 2016, Chhavi was appointed as Municipal Commissioner in Bhopal and she followed the Smart Cities Mission of the Government of India so well that Bhopal got the second rank for the cleanest city in India in Swacch Sarvekshan 2018.
In 2018, Chhavi was transferred to Jabalpur where she became the first women collector of the city. She is famous as an anti-corruption officer among other IAS officers.
She wrote a book on IAS Officers' lives titled "Like a Bird on the Wire". This book represents the challanges and political pressure the IAS Officers have to face.
Now she has been given a big responsibility to implement metro rail projects in Bhopal and Indore cities that are facing uncertain delays due to various issues from land acquisition to fund crisis.