Don’t use ‘Reliance’ word in Mumbai Metro, MMRDA tells Anil Ambani-owned company
Mumbai: The Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Infrastructure has been requested to remove 'Reliance' from the logo of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro line. The request was made by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
"We have a concession agreement with Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd. Accordingly, we believe that the logo of MMOPL should be used rather than that of a company. Therefore, we have written to the concessionaire asking them to take off the word Reliance from the logo," MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar said.
According to MMRDA authorities, the demand is well within the concession agreement signed between the state government and RInfra as the fine print states that the project should be titled as ‘Mumbai Metro’, which the MMOPL has been ignoring.
The MMOPL is planning to initially run 16 trains on the route. All coaches have been procured from China. The name 'Reliance Metro' is prominently stamped on the coaches. The coaches of all the 16 trains have been procured from China.
It is reported that Reliance has invested over Rs 4000 crore in the Metro project. The company claimed that they have done no wrong in using the name of the company. Officials said the names of companies like GVK and GMR are also prominently displayed at Mumbai and Delhi airports. "MMOPL has not received any such official communication from MMRDA. Display of the brand name of the promoter of the company, which includes Reliance and MMRDA, is well within the contract conditions and industry practice," an MMOPL spokesperson said.
RTI activist Anil Galgali says metro rail is a public-private partnership and like ‘Mumbai Monorail’, this too should be called ‘Mumbai Metro’. The logo has to change to ‘Mumbai Metro’, no other name is acceptable, he maintains.
The MMOPL is planning to initially run 16 trains on the route.