BEST’s 41 lakh passengers have a difficult day ahead. Not one of BEST’s 3,391 buses will ply in Mumbai today, as company workers, including those in BEST’s power supply section, go on a 72-hour strike that began at 11 pm, yesterday. Here is what to expect.
BEST’s commuters will have to use taxis and autorickshaws or local trains. BEST will incur a loss of over Rs 10 crore.
BEST plans to deploy 300 newly recruited drivers, who are expected to stay away from the strike. Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation is also expected to press an, as yet unspecified, number of buses from its fleet for BEST use.
Fleet taxi services like the Mumbai Gold Taxi Service and the Meru Cab Service will be available.
No additional trains
Neither Western nor Central Railways plan to run additional trains on the day
To pre-empt overcharging, both taxi and auto unions have given out phone numbers passengers can call if they are charged more than the approved fare.
Taxi overcharging may be reported on 23078404 or 23078414. If overcharged by autorickshaw drivers, contact union on 28739264 or 28981262, during office hours.
No auto strike
The Mumbai Autorick-shawmen’s Union (MAU) will not join the strike, as earlier planned.
“We decided against joining the strike after Home Minister R R Patil met RTO officials, police and autorickshaw unions,” said MAU General Secretary and Strike Action Committee Chief Shankar Salvi.