Vidyadhar K. Phatak, after 37 years of experience in various sub-fields of urban planning and development in government agencies in Mumbai,retired from the service of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority as its Principal Chief, Town and Country Planning Division on February 29, 2004. His interests include - Urban and Shelter Sector Studies, City Development Strategy, Preparation and appraisal of projects for the Development Banks and Financing local governments and Structuring projects for Public-Private-Partnership.
He was associated with various sub-project specific EA studies of MUTP, “PM10 Reduction Strategy for Mumbai” and developing computer based project accounting system. During the last two years of this period he has also been on the Board of Directors of the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) as Director (Infrastructure and Commercial Development). In that capacity he has initiated a study of development of air rights on the suburban railway stations in Mumbai.