BEST asks employees to vacate quarters

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

The second day of the strike paralysed normal life in Mumbai, as the administration could not ply a single bus on the road even after Shiv Sena withdrew from the strike.

MUMBAI: Following the two-day strike, BEST administration has issued notices to about 300 employees under the Maharashtra Essential Service Maintenance Act (MESMA) asking them to vacate their houses. The BEST staff living in office quarters at Bhoiwada and Parel have been asked to vacate their houses. Police along with BEST officers reached the colonies and asked the staff to vacate their homes after serving them notices.

About 10 Central trade unions along with Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) employees are protesting against the State government for their demands. The second day of the strike paralysed normal life in Mumbai, as the administration could not ply a single bus on the road even after Shiv Sena withdrew from the strike.

BEST Action Committee Convener Shashank Rao informed that the BEST administration also issued notices to 2,000 employees ordering them to vacate their houses in Bhoiwada, Mumbai. Meanwhile, 350 employees have been told to leave their jobs. In reaction to this, Rao further informed that they are ready to go to jail until their demands are met.

At the BEST colonies, the families of the BEST workers protested against the action by the administration.

BEST employees went on strike from Monday midnight demanding hike in salary, affecting 25 lakh commuters. The strike continued on the second day (Wednesday) causing inconvenience to the commuters. However, the taxi and auto-rickshaw started higher rates from commuters. According to the commuters, auto-rickshaw drivers have been charging double fare from them.

Commuters have to pay Rs 40 instead of Rs 25 for a ride from Kurla (W) to BKC, family court. The autorickshaws are charging Rs 25 to 30 from CSTM to Gateway of India despite fixed fare.

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