Mumbai: The Versova–Andheri–Ghatkopar will now be officially called as ‘Mumbai Metro’ and not ‘Reliance Metro’.
For almost a year now there have been differences between the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Reliance Infrastructure Ltd over labelling the 11.46 km long first metro corridor.
“Yes, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd has agreed to rename metro rail project as ‘Mumbai Metro’ from ‘Reliance Metro’. The changes in project name at the stations and other locations will start soon,” confirmed UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner of MMRDA.
The development authority is part of Mumbai Metro One Private Limited, the consortia consisting of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd and Veolia, who is implementing the first metro rail project.
According to RInfra, the logo and brand name ‘Reliance Metro’ had got finalised back in July 2013 as the MMRDA had not responded to the designs and logos submitted.
During end of 2013, the MMRDA had kept its foot down by asking Reliance Infrastructure Ltd to change project name to ‘Mumbai Metro’, which Reliance Infrastructure Ltd was not ready for. The private player’s claim was that it had a majority stake in the project, thus making it eligible to name the entire project after the company.
The reworked logo will not be devoid of the name of Reliance Infrastructure or MMRDA as Madan added that, “Reliance and MMRDA shall be mentioned below the logo.”
Earlier this year, Republican Party of India as well as Shiv Sena too staged protests asking that the project should be named after ‘Mumbai’. Even Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was of the same opinion.
The foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on June 21, 2006, but ground work began on February 8, 2008. Reliance Infrastructure Ltd had promised to complete the project by December 2010, but missed the deadline. The concession agreement mentions that deadline as March 2012, which was missed due to lack of Right of Way.
Having also witnessed cost escalation from Rs.2356 crore to Rs.4321 crore, the Mumbai’s first metro rail is now slated for commissioning by March this year provided all the safety clearances and approvals are received for the 11.46 km corridor.