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Mumbai Metro is still 'Reliance Metro' in several places

Sunday, 8 June 2014 - 7:18am IST | Agency: DNA

Maharashtra's first metro rail is called 'Mumbai Metro' but not all the signages and boards of the 11.4km-long Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar route reflect it. Several places still display the old project name 'Reliance Metro', which was opposed by anyone and everyone.

There are various places, such as exteriors of rakes and signages inside metro stations, where the needful is yet to be done. The final call over renaming the metro corridor was taken earlier this year in February and, even after four months, the project name has been changed only on the station boards or the boards outside metro stations.

When an RInfra official was asked by when the replacement work will happen, the reply was, "It should not take long."

Previously, RInfra was reluctant in naming the project 'Mumbai Metro', however, pressure from various quarters resulted in the project being named after the metropolis.
RInfra representatives had justified naming the project 'Reliance Metro' by saying it had gotten finalised in July 2013 and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had not responded to the designs and logos submitted, which meant it was accepted by the state authorities.

In 2013-end, MMRDA kept its foot down by asking RInfra to change the name to 'Mumbai Metro', which RInfra wasn't ready to do. 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.

Earlier this year, Republican Party of India as well as Shiv Sena staged protests asking that the project be named after Mumbai. Even chief minister Prithviraj Chavan was of the same opinion.

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