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Ministry says no role to play in naming IIT-Delhi metro station

Garima Singh New Delhi | Updated on November 21, 2018 Published on November 21, 2018

Name of FIITJEE is temporarily covered at the IIT-FIITJEE metro station on the magenta line. IIT-Delhi has objected to tagging its name along with the coaching institute   -  Kamal Narang

The Ministry for Housing and Urban Planning seems to have washed its hands of the ongoing dispute between Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi’s and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) over the naming of the metro station nearest to IIT after a coaching institute.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has no role to play and it is a non-fare issue. The matter needs to be solved by the two parties, said an official.

IIT-Delhi recently wrote to the Ministry, the Prime Minister’s Office and the DMRC Chairperson to intervene. The controversy over naming the nearest metro station after a coaching institute (FIITJEE) along with the IIT has been going on for several months now.

“We approached the Delhi High Court, which said that the legal process had been adopted while naming the metro station. However, our argument is that nobody took our permission to sell IIT-Delhi name to another party,” said a faculty member at IIT-Delhi.

He added that the demand of the institute is to either call it FIITJEE station and drop IIT-Delhi name or call it just IIT-Delhi station. “We don’t want to combine private institute with IIT-Delhi, so, the court suggested we file a separate civil suit,” said the faculty member. Right now, the name of the coaching institute has been covered from the metro station which is on the magenta line. “It’s a temporary move,” said the faculty member.

“We have suggested the coaching institute to take the Hauz Khas metro station and name it after FIITJEE and this station can be named IIT-Delhi station,” said the faculty member.

Published on November 21, 2018
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