By Accommodation Times News Service
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development (MMRDA) has directed one of the investor in the Mumbai Versova –Andheri –Ghatkopar Metro line to remove its logo from it. MMRDA spokesperson said, we have concession agreement with Mumbai Metro One Pvt. Ltd (MMOPL). 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. 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 name is stamped on 16 coaches.
Reliance who is reluctant to remove the logo says in press conference the logo is finalized in a time bound manner and much in advance of the completion of the project. But MMRDA has decided to keep the issues open and is raising the objection when the project is all set to commission.
Making it worse MMOPL has said, MMRDA has not given any guidance on this matter. However, MMRDA commissioner UPS Madan responded by saying, “RInfra will have to change the logo. Name of the company formed is ‘Mumbai Metro One Private Limited’ and project name should not be on the basis of stakes held by companies but on the basis of name of the consortium.”
Madan added that they have never approved the final designs with RInfra. A meeting has been scheduled with RInfra officials next week to discuss the logo issue. RInfra claims that Concession Agreement (agreement for implementing the project) does not require any such approval from the development authority which MMRDA disagrees with.