Strike cripples Mumbai

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

“Both the parties want to sell BEST to private players. The electric supply will be hand over to Adani and the depot plots will be sold to the builders for construction,” said Malik. 

MUMBAI: The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) strike entered the seventh day on Monday with no solution in sight to end the stir. This has increases the woes of Mumbaikars. 

BEST workers are on strike for various demands for last seven days. There were no meetings between the administration and the workers’ union. Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court has observed that the BEST union is not negotiating properly and also violating the court orders. 

Taxi and autorickshaw operators are adding woe of Mumbaikars by overcharging them. 

In the wake of the ongoing strike, locals in Mumbai are forced to bear the brunt of higher fares as they now have to opt for a private taxi or an autorickshaw to commute.

Moreover, rides to busy areas such as Churchgate, Lower Parel, BKC, Andheri and Goregaon are costing more than the rest of the places.

Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik hit out at the Shiv Sena and the BJP-led State government, saying the parties are holding Mumbaikars to ‘ransom for personal benefits’. “Both the parties want to sell BEST to private players. The electric supply will be hand over to Adani and the depot plots will be sold to the builders for construction,” said Malik. 

MNS has started a private bus service for commuters at some places.

CM DISCUSSES ISSUE WITH SENA CHIEF
- Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday intervened in the BEST bus strike in Mumbai and spoke to Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray to find a solution.
- Over 32,000 employees of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) are on strike since Tuesday last week and 3200-odd buses in its fleet are off the roads.
- The telephonic conservation between Fadnavis and Thackeray took place after a meeting on Monday in Mantralaya between striking BEST union functionaries and State Chief Secretary DK Jain failed to break the deadlock.
- The details of the telephonic conservations between Fadnavis and Thackeray were not immediately known. The Shiv Sena has been unable to end the strike despite its affiliated union, the BEST Kamgar Sena, announcing a pullout a day into the strike.
- The Sena is also the ruling party in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and its corporator is the BEST chairman.

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