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Mahanagar Gas



Mr. Akhil Mehrotra


Mr. Akhil Mehrotra, Director on the Board of Mahanagar Gas Limited, has been elected as Chairman of MGL effective from May 28, 2017.

2.0Mr. Mehrotra is an energy sector professional with over 27 years of experience in oil & gas, power and telecom sector. Mr. Mehrotra is presently Head, City Gas Distribution Business, India with BGEPIL (a part of Royal Dutch Shell plc group of companies). Mr Mehrotra has got extensive experience in managing all aspects of the city gas business and gas markets in India.

3.0Prior to this, Mr. Mehrotra has held the position of Director - Downstream Business with BG India and Director - Business Development and Regulatory Affairs at Gujarat Gas Company Limited (a BG Group company at that time). His career also includes working with Reliance Group of Industries (Reliance Industries, Reliance Infocomm & BSES) handling Power, Petrochemicals & Telecom Business.

4.0His key expertise, inter alia, are Management of Gas business (Midstream and Downstream), Business Development, Gas Market development, Project Management, O&M, HSSE, Risk Management and Stakeholder Management. Mr. Mehrotra has in the year 2012-13 chaired the committee on “Vision 2030” – Natural Gas Infrastructure in India, setup by Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB). The committee submitted its report in May 2013. He has been part of most committees set up by the PNGRB to draft the regulations in the gas sector in India. He has also worked for development of gas markets in other developing nations across the world.

5.0Mr. Akhil Mehrotra has graduated in B.E. (Mechanical Engineering) from Government Engineering College, Jabalpur. He has done his MBA (Finance) (Part time) from IGNOU, Management Program from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (Residential Course), Diploma in Business Finance (Part time) from ICFAI, Hyderabad and diploma in Marketing Management (Part time) from NMIMS, Mumbai.

6.0Mr. Mehrotra is also a Director on the Board of BG India Energy Private Limited, BG India Energy Services Private Limited and BG LNG Regas India Private Limited.

Mr. Satish Gavai


Mr. Satish Gavai has been appointed as Director on the Board of Mahanagar Gas Limited with effect from July 31, 2018.

Mr. Satish Gavai graduated in Bachelor of Science (Physics) from University of Mumbai. He has done his Masters in Professional Studies from Cornell University, US. He belongs to 1984 batch of Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Maharashtra cadre. Mr. Gavai is presently the Additional Chief Secretary (Industries), Government of Maharashtra.

He has been constantly serving the State and the Country for more than 30 long years and has handled major profiles such as of Additional Chief Secretary - Environment department, Mumbai, Chief Executive Officer of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), Managing Director of MTDC, Additional Municipal Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and many more.

Mr. Satish Gavai has been constantly monitoring the Ease-of-Doing-Business initiative taken by the Government of Maharashtra with a motive of improving the ranking of Maharashtra in India.

Mr. Virendra Nath Datt


Mr. Virendra Nath Datt has been appointed as Director on the Board w.e.f. May 28, 2017.

2.0Mr. Virendra Nath Datt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Kurushetra University, Haryana and a Masters in Business Administration from Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana. He is presently Executive Director (Corporate Strategy, Planning & Advocacy) with GAIL (India) Limited.

3.0Mr. V.N. Datt has a rich experience of over 33 years in the Natural Gas industry in India. He started his career with the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in 1985 and moved to GAIL in 1995 after serving in ONGC for 10 years. Over the years, he has handled important assignments in the Natural Gas business ranging from gas procurement from domestic as well as International sources (both as LNG and transnational pipelines), as well as in the area of Natural Gas transportation and marketing.

4.0Mr. Datt played a key role in finalising various agreements leading up to commissioning of India’s first LNG receiving terminal at Dahej in 2004. He was also a key member of the team that negotiated the gas purchase agreement for the TAPI pipeline project. He has been closely associated in formulating a number of important policy initiatives launched by the Government of India in the areas of City Gas Distribution, supply of regasified LNG to stranded Power Plants, policy for pooling of gas price for urea plants and formulation of Gas Swapping Guidelines etc.

Mr. Sanjib Datta

Managing Director

Mr. Sanjib Datta has been appointed as Managing Director on the Board of Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) with effect from May 30, 2018.

Before joining MGL, Mr. Datta has been heading the Business Development functions in GAIL (India) Limited as an Executive Director.

He has 32+ years of experience in handling multifarious assignments in the natural gas sector covering diverse functions like, Business Development, Marketing, Project Development and Construction as well as Operation & Maintenance of Pipelines and LNG Terminal.

His assignments in GAIL covered Merger & Acquisition initiatives as well as steering of Globalization and Diversification efforts. He steered GAIL to its successful participation in a shale gas asset in USA and also headed the team instrumental in finalizing the gas supplies and tolling service agreements pertaining to the LNG liquefaction project at Cove Point. Mr. Sanjib Datta also handled GAIL’s initiatives to import of gas into India through the TAPI pipeline apart from overseeing GAIL’s investments in China, Egypt and Myanmar in the areas of city gas distribution and cross country pipeline.

In India, Mr. Sanjib Datta has led GAIL's forays into the solar business and has also steered GAIL’s initiatives in diverse areas, like, floating LNG regasification terminals, LNG shipping, gas based power generation, petrochemicals and specialty chemicals etc. As a Project Manager, he had handled GAIL’s participation in the restructuring and revival of the Dabhol Project after departure of Enron.

Mr. Datta has rich board level experience and has served on the Boards of GAIL Global (USA) Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of GAIL through which GAIL is channelizing its business initiatives in E&P and LNG sourcing in USA and also on those of South East Asia Gas Pipeline Company, TAPI Pipeline Company Limited, National Gas Company Limited and Fayum Gas Limited. Besides, he has also been GAIL’s nominee Director on the Board of ONGC Petro-additions Limited.

Mr. Sanjib Datta holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

Mr. Jainendar Kumar Jain


Mr. Jainendar Kumar Jain has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Jain, who is an Ex-Director (Finance) of GAIL, is a Chartered Accountant and fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has total experience of thirty two years in various Organizations in different capacities in Finance function. Mr. Jain was Director (Finance) in GAIL from 1996 to 2005. He was GAIL Nominee Director on the Board of Mahanagar Gas Limited from January 1998 to August 2003. He has been on the Board of Indraprastha Gas Limited besides various other companies in the past.

Currently, Mr. J.K. Jain is a Director on the Board of M/s. Jamna Auto Industries Limited. Mr. J.K. Jain has extensive experience in the areas of Finance, Investment, Funding, Compliance, Corporate Governance, Risk Management etc.

Mr. Arun Balakrishnan


Mr. Arun Balakrishnan has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Arun Balakrishnan, who retired as Chairman & Managing Director from Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) in July 2010, has over 37 years of experience. He has graduated in B.E. (Chemical) from the College of Engineering, Trichur, Kerala and holds a post graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, 1976. He has been presented the 'Distinguished Alumniu Award 2008' by the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

3.0Mr. Arun Balakrishnan is also a Director on the Board of HPCL - Mittal Energy Limited, NCDEX e Markets Limited, Linde India Limited, HPCL-Mittal Piplines Limited, Wellness Diabetacare Private Limited, Shipping Corporation of India Limited and Rashtriya E Market Services Private Limited. In addition, Mr. Balakrishnan has also been appointed as Honorary Chairman of the Institute of Directors, Bangalore.

Mrs. Radhika Haribhakti


Mrs. Radhika Haribhakti has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director effective from March 05, 2017.

Mrs. Radhika Haribhakti is an MBA in Finance from IIM, Ahmedabad. She is a commerce graduate from Gujarat University. Ms. Haribhakti has over 31 years of experience in Commercial and Investment Banking with Bank of America, JM Morgan Stanley and DSP Merrill Lynch. She has advised several large corporates and led their Equity and Debt fundraising in domestic as well as international capital markets. She now heads RH Financial, a boutique Advisory Firm focused on M&A and Private Equity.

She serves as an Independent Director on the Boards of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited, EIH Associated Hotels Limited, ICRA Limited, Navin Fluorine International Limited, Rain Industries Ltd and Vistaar Financial Services Private Limited.

4.0Mrs. Haribhakti has also been closely involved with issues of women empowerment, financial inclusion and CSR and has served on Boards of non-profits for over 18 years, including 12 years as Chairperson. She is the former Chair of Friends of Women’s World Banking (FWWB) and Swadhaar Finances, both non-profits engaged in providing financial solutions to women in economically disadvantaged communities. She has served on the National Jury and Governing Council of Citigroup Micro Enterprise Award and also on CII’s National Committee on Women Empowerment.

Mr. Santosh Kumar


Mr. Santosh Kumar has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Santosh Kumar, who retired as Director (Projects) from GAIL, is an Electrical Engineer from Motilal Nehru Engineering College, Allahabad (1970 batch). He has a total experience of more than thirty years in Fertilizers & Telecom followed by a major part in Oil & Gas Industry in India, particularly rich and varied experience in the fields of Human Resource Development skills and later as Head of Project activities followed by appointment by President Of India as Director (Projects) on the Board of GAIL.

Mr. Santosh Kumar was Director (Projects) in GAIL from November 2006 to June 2009. During his tenure in GAIL, he was also the Chairman of Green Gas Limited, Lucknow and Maharashtra Natural Gas Ltd., Pune and Director on the Board of Central UP Gas Ltd., Kanpur, NATGAS, Egypt and GSEG and a Member of First Board of Directors, Ratnagiri Gas & Power Pvt. Ltd., Dabhol. He was advisor with GSPL, Ahmedabad from September 2009 to August 2010.

He is also an Additional Director (Independent) on the Board of M/s. Indraprastha Gas Limited. Mr. Kumar is also a Consultant (Oil & Gas) for Project Finance SBU, State Bank of India.

Mr. Raj Kishore Tewari


Mr. Raj Kishore Tewari has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Raj Kishore Tewari has done his B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc (Physics) from the University of Lucknow, M.Sc (fiscal studies) from the University of Bath, U.K. and LLB from the University of Mumbai.

Mr. Tewari was recruited officer of the Indian Revenue Service and has been a part of the Direct Taxes Administration since 1976. Mr. Tewari has expertise and wide experience of around 38 years in matters relating to direct taxes and has retired as a Member and Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). He has been actively involved in formulation, implementation and administration of Direct Taxes policy of the Government of India.

As a Member / Chairman of CBDT, Mr. Tewari has attended international seminars/conferences, i.e. Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) seminar at Malta in October 2012; International Tax Dialogue (ITD) seminar at Marrakesh, Morocco in December 2013; and, Inter-American Centre of Tax Administration conference at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in May 2014 and effectively projected India's position. CIAT has now offered a Permanent Membership to India as against the present Associate Membership.

Mr. Raj Kishore Tewari is also a Director on the Board of Shipping Corporation of India Limited.

Mr. Premesh Kumar Jain


Mr. Premesh Kumar Jain has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director effective from April 09, 2018.

Mr. Premesh Kumar Jain, former Director (Finance) GAIL has over 6 years Board level experience in GAIL and its various Domestic and International subsidiary companies like GAIL Global (Singapore) Pte. Ltd, GAIL Gas Ltd, BCPL, China gas Ltd and GAIL China Gas Global Energy Holding Ltd. He also served as Chairman / member of various committees of the Board, PF Trust, Pension Trust, Gratuity Fund Trust of the company.

A Chartered Accountant and MBA (University of Hull, UK), he has nearly 35 years of experience in Oil and Gas sector in the areas of Forex Risk Management and implementation of Hedging Policy, Capital Budgeting, Corporate Budgets, Corporate Accounts, Contract Management, Finalisation of Long term LNG and Gas agreements, Liquification and Regasification Terminal Service Agreements, Shareholder Agreements and Joint Venture Agreements etc. He also has the credit of interacting with PNGRB for various issues like tariffs finalization of various pipelines, raising / resolution of the issues with PNGRB / APTEL, participation in bidding process of natural gas pipeline and CGD for various cities through GAIL, its subsidiary, JVs etc.

Mr. Goutam Ghosh

Technical Director

Mr. Goutam Ghosh has been appointed as Technical Director on the Board w.e.f. November 20, 2017.

Mr. Ghosh has held operational and strategic roles in offshore exploration, development & production in national and international companies viz., ONGC, TOTAL, TATA, ARCO, BG and Shell. In a career spanning over 36 years, he has worked and lived in India, USA, France and UK and has successfully led multinational teams in large operated ventures to deliver as per global standards.

Before taking over his current role in MGL, he was Head, HSSE & Assurance, BGEPIL (a part of the Royal Dutch Shell plc group of companies) and a member of the Asset Leadership Team of BGEPIL since 2011. Apart from leading the HSSE and Engineering functions in BGEPIL, he was also the Shell HSSE Focal Point for all Integrated Gas Ventures of Shell in India.

Mr. Goutam Ghosh is a Post-graduate from Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad and earned a Diploma in Management from Chartered Management Institute, UK. He has also attended Global Advanced Management Programme by ISB/ Kellogg School of Management. A trained Shell Safety Leadership Coach, and Shell HSSE & Social Performance Control Framework Auditor, he is affiliated to the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) USA.

Mr. Sunil M Ranade

Chief Financial Officer, SMG Member

Mr. Sunil M Ranade, aged 56 years, is the Chief Financial Officer of our Company. He joined our Company on March 01, 1996. He holds a Bachelor's degree in commerce from the University of Bombay.

He is the associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and also a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. At our Company, he is the functional head of Finance and Accounts Group and manages finance, accounting and forecasting in achieving financial and strategic objectives of the Company. Prior to joining our Company, he was the Finance Manager and Company Secretary with Wander Limited. He has also worked with Herdillia Polymers Limited, National Peroxide Limited, Goodlass Nerolac Paints Limited and Ashok Organic Industries Limited.

Mr. Rajesh P Wagle

Head - Commercial, SMG Member

Mr. Rajesh P Wagle, aged 52 years, is the Head-Commercial of our Company. He joined our Company on July 22, 2002. He holds a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Mumbai. He also holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. At our Company, he is the Functional Head of the Commercial, Business Development and Marketing Groups. Prior to joining our Company, he has worked with Quantum Information Systems Limited, Enron India Private Limited and GAIL.

Mr. Shashwat Agrawal

Head - Construction, SMG Member

Mr. Shashwat Agrawal, aged 49, is Senior Vice President of our Company. He joined our Company on April 01, 2014. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Technology and Mechanical Engineering from Kurukshetra University. At our Company, he is the Functional Head of the Construction Department and is responsible for providing leadership, management and direction for all construction and projects activities of our Company. Prior to joining us, he has worked with Engineers India Limited and GSPC Gas Company Limited.

Mr. Srinivasan Murali

Head, Operations & Maintenance, SMG Member

Mr. Srinivasan Murali, aged 54, is the Head, Operations and Maintenance of our Company. He joined our Company on October 3, 2002. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Technology and Mechanical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University. He also holds a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Management, and Diploma in Financial Management from Indira Gandhi National Open University. At our Company, he is the Functional Head of Operations, Maintenance and Metering Departments and is responsible for providing leadership management and direction for all activities related to operating and maintaining our Company's assets safely and with maximum uptime. Prior to joining our Company, he has worked with Bilt Chemicals Limited, Cabot India Limited, Cement Corporation of India Limited and Indian Aluminium Company Limited.

Mr. T L Sharnagat

Head - Contracts & Procurement - SMG Member

Mr. T L Sharnagat, aged 49, is Head - Contracts, Procurement, Inventory Management & Stores Management of our Company. He joined our company during May 2008. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Government College of Engineering Jabalpur. He also holds MBA degree in Marketing Management. He is Certified Professional in Supply Chain Management (CPSM) from ISM USA. He possesses Diploma in Exports Management. He is responsible for providing leadership, management and direction for all Supply Chain, Inventory and Procurement activities for the organization. Mr. Sharnagat has more than 26+ years of experience in Purchasing, Contracts, Imports, Inventory Management which includes multi-domain expertise like SAP implementation. Prior to joining us, he was working with organizations like L&T and GAIL (India) Limited.

Mr. Alok Mishra

Company Secretary & Compliance Officer

Mr. Alok Mishra, aged 41, is the Company Secretary and Compliance Officer of our Company. He joined our Company on December 13, 2011 as Company Secretary & Legal Head. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Science and a Bachelor's Degree in law from CSJM University, Kanpur. He is an associate member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and has also passed the intermediate examination held by the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. He has also completed a Diploma in Business Finance from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India. At our Company, he presently handles the Corporate Secretarial, Corporate Affairs, Risk Management, Compliances and Stakeholders' Relationship. He has around two decades of rich experience in Corporate Legal, Corporate Secretarial, Compliances and Corporate Affairs functions, etc. Prior to joining us at MGL, he has worked as Group Head Legal & Company Secretary with ISS Integrated Facility Services Private Limited, Go Airlines (India) Limited and held Company Secretary position and other senior level assignment at Lafarge (India) Private Limited and other listed entities, inter-alia, LML Limited, Kanpur Plastipack Limited and Yash Papers Limited.