Bengaluru: BMRCL to offer semi-naming rights for existing Namma Metro stations

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Published June 1, 2024 at 9:24pm

    BMRCL introduces semi-naming rights for its existing metro stations

    This move permits sponsors to prefix their organization’s name to station's name

    Tender for these rights will be issued following approval from BMRCL board

In a significant move, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has announced plans to introduce semi-naming rights for its existing metro stations. This initiative will permit sponsors to prefix their organization’s name to the station’s name, a policy previously limited to forthcoming stations. The tender for these rights will be issued following approval from the BMRCL board and the state government.

Also read: Bengaluru: BMRCL issues safety alert for Namma Metro Yellow Line electrification

Under the BMRCL’s ‘Naming Rights’ policy, organizations that contribute Rs 65 crore towards any station on new metro lines can have their name prefixed to the station. This policy has seen notable applications, such as the upcoming Electronic City station on the Yellow Line, which will be prefixed with ‘Infosys’ following the company’s Rs 100 crore investment in 2018.

The decision has garnered mixed reactions. While some commuters see it as a beneficial arrangement, others argue against private corporations influencing the naming of public transport stations. A notable controversy occurred in 2020 when the Biocon Group agreed to contribute Rs 65 crore for the Hebbagodi metro station, resulting in plans to rename it ‘Biocon Hebbagodi’. This prompted protests from the Hebbagodi Municipal Council, with municipal councillor Munikrishna stating, “Only because a company has donated a vast amount for the construction of the metro, it cannot be named after them.”

As BMRCL moves forward with this initiative, the debate over corporate involvement in public infrastructure naming continues.

Bengaluru: BMRCL to offer semi-naming rights for existing Namma Metro stations

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    BMRCL introduces semi-naming rights for its existing metro stations

    This move permits sponsors to prefix their organization’s name to station's name

    Tender for these rights will be issued following approval from BMRCL board

In a significant move, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has announced plans to introduce semi-naming rights for its existing metro stations. This initiative will permit sponsors to prefix their organization’s name to the station’s name, a policy previously limited to forthcoming stations. The tender for these rights will be issued following approval from the BMRCL board and the state government.

Also read: Bengaluru: BMRCL issues safety alert for Namma Metro Yellow Line electrification

Under the BMRCL’s ‘Naming Rights’ policy, organizations that contribute Rs 65 crore towards any station on new metro lines can have their name prefixed to the station. This policy has seen notable applications, such as the upcoming Electronic City station on the Yellow Line, which will be prefixed with ‘Infosys’ following the company’s Rs 100 crore investment in 2018.

The decision has garnered mixed reactions. While some commuters see it as a beneficial arrangement, others argue against private corporations influencing the naming of public transport stations. A notable controversy occurred in 2020 when the Biocon Group agreed to contribute Rs 65 crore for the Hebbagodi metro station, resulting in plans to rename it ‘Biocon Hebbagodi’. This prompted protests from the Hebbagodi Municipal Council, with municipal councillor Munikrishna stating, “Only because a company has donated a vast amount for the construction of the metro, it cannot be named after them.”

As BMRCL moves forward with this initiative, the debate over corporate involvement in public infrastructure naming continues.

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