BEST committee demands an addition in budget for Mahaparinirvan Divas function

Along with this, the members of the BEST committee on Monday, demanded a structural audit of the buildings in all of its staff colonies across the city

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On Monday, the members of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) committee had asked for an increase in the budget of the Mahaparinirvan Divas function. The demand was raised during a meeting held on November 11.

After which, the BEST committee gave approval for increasing the budget for Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Mahaparinirvan Divas function to ₹13 lakh from ₹10 lakh.

Along with this, the member also demanded a structural audit of the buildings in all of its staff colonies across the city. As a result, the committee is looking at the possibility of redeveloping the buildings if the maintenance cost is found to be higher.

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The demand was raised during a discussion of a proposal regarding the maintenance of the buildings in its staff colony in Parel, which consists of 15 buildings, with nearly 1,100 houses, that were built-in 1956. The buildings in question are currently in a dilapidated condition.

Meanwhile, the BEST administration has been slammed by the committee members for causing an unnecessary and unexplainable delay in the maintenance of the buildings in its staff colonies. They alleged that delay was being seen despite the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) — the parent body of the undertaking — had allotted ₹10 crore for the work.

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