PATNA, INDIA (Metro Rail News): On Friday, Patna Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC) announced that it had received over 7,500 entries for its logo contest from people across India, spanning small towns and big cities, said officials.
On 17th February 2019, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced this project. Currently, the Patna metro work is under construction.
DMRC is working with Patna Metro on this project, which aims to decongest the city using a mass rapid transit network for the first time.
“We have received an excellent response of over 7,500 entries from across India. It includes big metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and small cities like Guwahati in Northeast Assam, besides Patna. So, people have shown great interest,” said PMRC officials.
PMRC is the managing authority of the Patna Metro, and the principal secretary of the Bihar government’s urban development and housing department holds the charge of the managing Director (MD) of the PMRC.
A five-member jury is currently evaluating the entries, and the final decision is expected to be taken on the PMRC logo by the end of September.
There were no age criteria for sending entries. A concept note was also attached with the entrance, as per the contest rules and regulations.
“Out of about 7,500 entries, nearly 2,500 are from Bihar, with Patna accounting for close to 2,000 entities. All the big educational institutions are located in the state capital, from across disciplines, so this huge response,” said PMRC officials.
Logo entries have come from prominent educational universities like IIT, BIT, NIT, Patna University, NIFT, etc. Even schoolchildren who sent designed logos as part of the contest ended on 23rd July 2021.
“We had invited entries as part of a pan-India contest from 08th July 2021 onwards. The first prize winner prize money of Rs. 50,000 while those whose designs will finish on second and third positions will walk away with Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 11,000, respectively,” said officials.
The PMRC, while announcing the contest, had underlined that contestants should “design a logo that will represent Patna and the urban transport revolution that will be brought to the city shortly”.
The official said that the jury consists of PMRC chief, senior officials of the Patna Metro, and experts from NIFT-Patna and Patna College of Arts and Crafts.
The winners will be selected based on creativity, authenticity, technical quality, creative ability and visual impact. In addition, the vision of PMRC has been depicted in the logo, the PMRC said.
Entries were sought in JPEG or PDF formats for logo images and designed on a digital version, as per the contest specifications.
“We have received entries which have been fully digitally designed, as also hand-drawn illustrations. The jury will take the call on the entries, and it will be then finally decided by the PMRC MD,” said officials.
The response was so massive and unexpected that PMRC servers were overburdened suddenly, crashing at times due to an enormous volume of data flow. In addition, the storage size of email account got exhausted, so more space had to be bought online, said officials.