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Mumbai BEST strike create chaos; Not so happy Raksha Bandhan for commuters


Photo by BL Soni

Over 3,500 buses of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking went off the roads here after its workers’ union went on a strike to press for their demands, including timely payment of salaries. Nearly 36,000 BEST employees went on the strike since midnight, putting the citizens to inconvenience as ‘Raksha Bandhan’ is being celebrated today. The BEST operates around 3,700 buses on 483 routes, ferrying over 30 lakh passengers every day. Its transport wing is facing daily losses of over Rs 2 crore.

But after 16 hour strike was called-off, the withdrawal came after the intervention of Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, who met leaders of the nine BEST employees unions leaders, including Shashank S. Rao, at his residence. Thackeray is understood to have given a commitment that the employees demands will be met, including payment of salaries on time.

Photo by BL SONI

But BEST strike made a chaos at railway stations and other places in Mumbai due to this people suffered and made a long line for auto-rickshaws, even private buses were lined up to help commuters but because of all this senior citizens, physically challenged people had to suffer.

Photo by BL SONI