Ministry of Surface Transport

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The Ministry of Surface Transport was a branch of the Government of India. It was the apex body for the formulation and administration of the rules, regulations and laws relating to surface transport in India.


The Department of Surface Transport, within the Ministry of Transport, was renamed as the Ministry of Surface Transport with effect from 22 October 1986.[1] The next development was that this ministry was reorganised into the Department of Shipping and the Department of Road Transport and Highways. This took place on the 15 October 1999.[1]

The ministry was bifurcated, into the Ministry of Shipping and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, with effect from 17 November 2000.[1][2]

List of Ministers of Surface Transport[edit]

Name Term of office Political Party Prime Minister
Rajesh Pilot
(MoS, Independent Charge)
22 October 1986 2 December 1989 Indian National Congress V. P. Singh
K. P. Unnikrishnan 6 December 1989 10 November 1990 Janata Dal
(National Front)
V. P. Singh
Manubhai Kotadia 10 November 1990 26 April 1991 Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya) Chandra Shekhar
Chandra Shekhar 26 April 1991 21 June 1991
Jagdish Tytler
(MoS, Independent Charge)
21 June 1991 15 September 1995 Indian National Congress P. V. Narasimha Rao
M. Rajasekara Murthy
(MoS, Independent Charge)
15 September 1995 16 May 1996
Atal Bihari Vajpayee 16 May 1996 1 June 1996 Bharatiya Janata Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee
T. G. Venkatraman 1 June 1996 19 March 1998 Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
(United Front)
H. D. Deve Gowda
I. K. Gujral
R. Muthiah 19 March 1998 8 April 1998 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
(National Democratic Alliance)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
M. Thambidurai 8 April 1998 8 April 1999
Nitish Kumar 9 April 1999 5 August 1999 Samata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Jaswant Singh 5 August 1999 13 October 1999 Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Nitish Kumar 13 October 1999 22 November 1999 Samata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Rajnath Singh[3] 22 November 1999 7 November 2000 Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Department of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping, Profile". International Association of Ports and Harbors. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  2. N. K. Kurup (13 November 2000). "Bifurcation of Surface Transport Ministry -- For better or worse?". Business Line. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  3. "Council of Ministers" (PDF).