BEST incurs ₹20 Cr loss due to a 9-day long strike

The report also mentioned that a total of 17 buses were damaged due to the stone pelting incidents in areas like Dharavi, Malad, Pathanwadi, L&T Powai, Ghatkopar, and Dadar.

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Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Sanyukta Kamgar Kruti Samiti (BSKKS), an umbrella body of labour unions, had called for an indefinite strike demanding better pay and a raise. The same began from January 7 and ended on January 16, 2019.

During these days,  the transport wing of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) faced a loss of approximately ₹20 crore. BEST General Manager Surendrakumar Bagde highlighted the figure by presenting a report at the committee meeting on Monday. 

The report mentioned that a total of 17 buses were damaged due to the stone pelting incidents in areas like Dharavi, Malad, Pathanwadi, L&T Powai, Ghatkopar, and Dadar, which resulted in an additional loss of ₹37,318.

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The report further added that on the last day of the strike, BEST earned ₹26.05 lakh towards ticket sales by operating 893 buses, after strike call was withdrawn.

Meanwhile, during the strike, BEST officials met union leaders several times but failed to reach an agreement. Finally, the Bombay High Court intervened and ordered BEST workers to resume their duties, which, the union led by Shashank Rao, complied with the order.

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