Sudhir Raheja, Member (Planning), Airports Authority of India, took over as Chairman on August 25, 2014. As Member (Planning) he was responsible for aerodrome planning, corporate planning and management services; project monitoring; architectural (planning) and development; and maintenance of metro and non-metro airports all over India.
He joined Airports Authority of India (erstwhile National Airports Authority) as executive engineer in 1988 and worked in various positions. As executive director (engineering), Raheja was instrumental in development and upgradation of infrastructure projects at airports in northern, northeastern and eastern India, including construction of a new greenfield airport at Gangtok, Sikkim. He was also associated with the first expansion programme of development and modernisation of 12 domestic airports as ‘Model Airports’.
A civil engineering’ graduate from Delhi College of Engineering, Sudhir Raheja completed professional courses in ‘Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Buildings’ conducted by IIT, Kanpur, and ‘Airport Management’ from International Aviation Management Training Institute Montreal, Canada. He did his specialisation in seismic design of reinforced concrete buildings, airport management and planning, passenger facilitation services and airport infrastructure.
Raheja is a certified as a ‘Fraud Examiner’ under accreditation from Association of Certified Examiners, Texas, USA. He has participated in numerous conferences, workshops and seminars organised by International Civil Aviation Organisation, Airports Council International and Federal Aviation Administration.
Raheja has rich project implementation experience. He was conferred with ‘Certificate of Merit’ in 1982 for timely completion of ASIAD‐82 indoor stadium, Delhi, and was given ‘Commendation Certificate’ for excellence and timely completion of Maruti Udyog Ltd. He was also the driving force in the formulation of ‘Annual Maintenance Term Contract’ and ‘Pavement Management System’, documents adopted at all airports in AAI. In fact, Raheja presented a paper on ‘Pavement Management System’ at a workshop on ‘Airport Operations and Maintenance’ organised by ICAO in Bangkok, Thailand, which was appreciated and later adopted as an ICAO standard with modifications.
Sudhir Raheja is also a nominated member on the boards of Delhi International Airport Ltd, Mumbai International Airport Ltd and Chandigarh International Airport Ltd.