Meet Deepa Kotnis who has recently been appointed as an Executive Director (Finance) for Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL). She also happens to be the first woman to achieve the feat since the inception of the company in September 1994. Kotnis will now handle the topmost position in the Finance department and is expected to play a crucial role in the development of the Metro network in the city.

According to the reports, the top post in the finance department in BMRCL had been vacant for nearly 20 months. In such a scenario, Kotnis’ appointment came as a virtue.

So far BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola, was holding additional charge of the role following the retirement of the previous incumbent Naveen Kumar in February 2016. He is now relieved to have passed on the chair to Kotnis.

Deepa will also don the hat of one of the Directors on the BMRCL Board. Under her, there will be three General Managers in the finance department who will report to her.

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Kotnis is 1998 UPSC batch student of Indian Railway Accounts Service Officers where she served as Chief General Manager at Pension Fund Regulatory Authority office in New Delhi.  In the past, she worked with the South Western Railway and Southern Railway as Deputy Finance Advisor and Chief Accounts Officer in the accounts departments respectively.

“I have worked with so many women occupying top posts in the Railways. Seeing women at the top management is common for me and I really do not feel it is an achievement to occupy this post,” the first woman occupying such a coveted post at BMRL said, Express reported.

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When asked about her biggest challenge, she explained, “I have just completed three weeks. It is too early to comment about it.”

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