Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has managed to convince the Mumbai Monorail Phase-1 (Wadala- Chembur) workers for not going on strike by fulfilling their demand by paying them the entire December month’s salary on Friday, said an official from the MMRDA. Besides this, the MMRDA has also decided to take strict disciplinary action against the ones who held the public transport for ransom. As per the official statement, MMRDA stated, “They have always strived hard to safeguard workers’ interests.
However, the monorail employees are also expected to maintain discipline and order of duty. MMRDA will not tolerate indiscipline and will take disciplinary action against errant.”The workers of Monorail were upset on the MMRDA for not paying them the entire December month’s salary, pushing them to give an ultimatum up till January 10 warning MMRDA either fulfil their demands or they will go on strike. The official said, “MMRDA took over the operations on December 14.
Therefore, we were supposed to pay the employees from December 14 to January 14. We are not liable to pay them the salary from December 1 onwards, but on goodwill grounds, we will clear their pending dues and pay them the entire month’s salary.” Currently, there are around 200-220 employees working to run the operations of Mumbai Monorail smoothly, who will be paid the December month’s salary, as per the MMRDA.
The monorail operations from the SCOMI Engineering had been taken over by the MMRDA for its failure to perform and fulfil contractual obligations in December. Besides this, the Monorail forfeited deposits worth Rs 184.5 crore after the Bombay High Court injunction lapsed restraining bank from making the payments to MMRDA.