- The 1986 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer was admitted to AIIMS hospital in Delhi for 1.5 months; he was secretary of Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade at the time of his death
Ahmedabad: Former municipal commissioner of Ahmedabad Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra breathed his last on Saturday morning. He had tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to AIIMS hospital in Delhi for past one-and-a-half months. According to reports, he had been in coma for some time now.
Mohapatra was holding the post of secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) at the time of his death. A 1986 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, Mohapatra had vast experience across various sectors. He was the commissioner of AMC from July 2011 to October 2014. He was credited with developing projects like Sabarmati riverfront, BRTS, Kankaria lakefront and heritage promotion. He had also served as Rajkot-Junagadh Collector. He was also the municipal commissioner of Surat from 1999 to 2002.
As managing director, Mohapatra had helmed affairs at Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd (GACL; Nov 2006-July 2011) and Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizer Corporation (GNFC; July 2009-July 2010)
After AMC, he was deputed as joint secretary in the Union Ministry of Commerce. Mohapatra then took over as chairman of Airports Authority of India in July 2016. He took charge as secretary, DPIIT, in August 2019. Since April, a committee headed by Mohapatra had been tasked with ensuring adequate availability of medical oxygen during the pandemic.
He was conferred PhD in February 2011 for his doctoral thesis on ‘Managment of Change: A critical evaluation of power sector reforms and restructuring of Gujarat Electricity Board’ from Faculty of Management, MS University, Vadodara.
Condolences pour in
As news of his death surfaced, condolences began to pour in on social media.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Saddened by the demise of Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, DPIIT Secretary. I had worked with him extensively in Gujarat and at the Centre. He had a great understanding of administrative issues and was known for his innovative zeal. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti.”
In his tweet, Railway minister Piyush Goyal said, “His long-standing services and dedication to the Nation have left a lasting impact.”
MP Parimal Nathwani called him a “bright officer committed to the service of the nation”.
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