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City of Mumbai Says It Hasn’t Authorized .Mumbai

Letter of approval issued in error according to Mumbai’s IT department.

A few months after Minds + Machines announced it was working with India TL Domain Pvt Ltd for the .Mumbai top level domain name, a city official is saying that ICANN should not allocate the .mumbai domain name.

The letter from Y.S. Mahangade, Deputy Director (IT) of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), requests that ICANN “Not allocate any domain ending with .mumbai (dot Mumbai) to any party / organization / company”.

According to Mahangade:

Honorable Deputy Mayor of MCGM inadvertently issued a letter to one organization which has been revoked later by Honorable Deputy Major of MCGM. It may please be noted that the official position of the City of Mumbai is communicated by Municipal Commissioner.

Frankly, I was a bit surprised to see the .Mumbai announcement in the first place given how the city “works”. My impression is it’s not exactly easy to get something done quickly through the bureaucratic process.

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  1. Samit Madan

    Not surprised tbh.

    Guess once the Indian GAC wakes up no Indian city will be ‘open’ for a private company.

    I wonder how such letters get ‘inadvertently’ written. :p

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