MMRDA wants ‘Reliance’ dropped from Metro logo

RelianceMMOPL says nothing wrong in retaining company name.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has shot off a letter to the Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Infrastructure asking it to take off the name 'Reliance' from the logo of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro line.

"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.

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.

Reliance officials, however, claimed that they have done no wrong in using the name of the company after investing close to Rs 4,000 crore in the project. 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.

The MMRDA had last year also asked Reliance to alter the logo, but the company failed to comply with the request.

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