Mission impossible was the label tagged on to his assignment, when he took up the challenge to build an airport of global quality in strike-prone Kerala, where no project in the past ever got accomplished on target date, with its quality assurances kept up. It was a complex situation: he had to find the money to build the airport because the government refused to provide funds. As a government servant he was constrained by antiquated provisions, regulations and codes of conduct. Mobilizing funds, acquiring land, fending off trade unions and environmentalists, motivating the workforce, dealing with the media all fell on him as part of an 18-hour day routine for well over six years nonstop, while governments took power and went out of power, and detractors waited with their bated breath for him to fail, and for the project to go down with him.
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