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Should 'Reliance Metro' be renamed Mumbai Metro?

January 09, 2014 07:52 IST

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Republican Party of India (Athawale) has objected to naming of the city metro service as 'Reliance Metro' and demanded it should be renamed as 'Mumbai Metro'.

RPI (A) workers protested at a metro station in Andheri on Wednesday and blackened the name 'Reliance' written on the metro car.

RPI (A) president Ramdas Athavale objected to the name of 'Reliance Metro' being printed on metro trains as well as platforms and demanded that it to be known as 'Mumbai Metro' instead.

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Image: Metro trains pass through a residential area during its first official safety trial run in Mumbai.
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Athavale told reporters that he has asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Reliance Infrastructure officials to make the necessary changes in seven days.

"Otherwise, we will stop the ongoing work," he said. Athavale said Reliance Infrastructure official Devyani Kiran had met him on Tuesday and informed him that the group owned 76 per cent shares in the project while Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had only 24 per cent of the shares.

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Image: Trial run of the Mumbai Metro
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The Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Infrastructure has been served a notice by MMRDA, objecting to the company's name on trains and platforms.

Athavale said that his party would launch a signature drive in support of its demand and submit the same to MMRDA commissioner UPS Madan and the Maharashtra Chief Minister.

 


Image: Construction work on the Mumbai Metro line.
Photographs: Reuters

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