Muralidhar Rao 


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 Name                         - Muralidhar Rao

Qualification                - Bachelor of Engg (Electrical)

Address                       - Koramangala, Bangalore.   

e-mail                           -


  • Six months with BEL, Bangalore, as a Govt of India graduate        trainee. 
  • 2 years with BHEL, Bangalore, as a Sales Engineer.
  • Thereafter, for 3 years (upto ’77), worked in 3 different companies in the SME sector.
  • In ’78, founded a Company for manufacture of Radiators and Heat Exchange Systems for Power Transformers, and ran it in the capacity of Managing Director upto 2001.
  • From 2001 – 03, was Consultant to a leading transformer manufacturing company in the Sultanate of Oman. 
  • Currently a Free-lance Consultant, simultaneously engaged in Civil Society initiatives.                                                                     
                                                                                                   The manufacturing operation was amongst the foremost in the field in the country during its time. However, due to the extremely harsh conditions faced by the Transformer industry in the country, resulting out of the very slow pace of reforms in the power sector, in 2001, Mr Rao chose to team up with an Omanese Company and shift the manufacturing operations out there. Eventually, he sold out his interests, and withdrew from the industry altogether. During its heydays, the Company’s customer list included most prestigious names in the transformer industry, including:                    
  • ALSTOM, Naini  
  • Crompton Greaves, Kanjur Marg & Malanpur  
  • BHEL, Jhansi & Bhopal
  • TELK, Angamali, Kerala  
  • NGEF, Bangalore 
Apart from a number of other smaller manufacturers in the country, and    
  • ALSTOM, Australia & South Africa  
  • Voltamp, Oman 
  • Emirates Transformers, UAE 
  • WESCOSA, Dammam, Saudi Arabia                           
accounting for an annual turnover close to Rs 10 crores, and employing nearly 120 workers between two units.

Through the Company’s membership of CII, IEEMA, FKCCI, KASSIA, etc, Mr Rao had been exposed to the various aspects of industry - government interactions. He also underwent an SME growth management programme at the IIM, Bangalore, where he was the spokesman of the group. Subsequently, he was invited by IIM to address passing out batches on entrepreneurship on a couple of occasions. These apart, he has attended/ participated in numerous other workshops, seminars, short-term courses, etc. 


  • Presently, President of the high-rise housing complex, comprising 140 units, where he resides. 
  • Member, Working Group, Koramangala Initiative, an active resident welfare group in Bangalore. 
  • Member, Indian Liberal Group. 
  • Permanent Invitee to all meetings organized by various Civil Society groups in Bangalore, like CAF, Janaagraha, Public Affairs Centre, CIVIC, PROOF, Environment Support Group, etc. 
  • Member, Hasiru Usiru, a tree protection group working to sustain the greenery in and around Bangalore. 
  • Maintains a blog (, mostly of the numerous letters that he writes to the press on various subjects, the favourite ones being ‘power’, and ‘public bus transport services’ 
  • Was instrumental in starting the ‘Yelli Iddira?’ service for tracking BMTC’s Volvo buses through SMS, using GPS-based technology, in association with C L Infotech Pvt Ltd, Bangalore. 
  • Was a team member of a capacity building exercise (essentially providing the Civil Society perspective) targeted at City Municipality officials (specifically of Tirupathi, Puri, Ujjain & Kottayam), under a ‘Ecocity Programme’, organized by ‘Centre for Sustainable Environment and Heritage’, New Delhi, in partnership with INWENT ( International Weiterbildung und Entwicklung gGmbH, and GTZ (German Technicl Co-operation), under the aegis of the Ministry of Environment & Forests, GoI, during Aug/ Sept, ’06.   
  • Co – Chairman, Commuter Comfort Task Force of the BMTC (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Services), the government-owned public bus transport service provider in Bangalore city, during 2004-05. 
  • Secretary, Domlur 2nd stage Residents’ Welfare Association (a residential layout comprising over 300 dwelling units), Domlur, Bangalore, 1997-2000, during which period, he presided over a meeting, convened by CIVIC, of the office bearers of all major RWA’s of Bangalore, with the Commissioner and senior officials of Bangalore Mahanagara Palike. 
  • Founder member, and later Chairman (till such time as it was merged with another trust in 1996), ‘NAGARIK’, Bangalore, a citizen’s voluntary initiative,