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In order not to inconvenience the people of Mumbai during the corona period, ST Corporation had ordered around 1200 trains from Raigad, Konkan and from the depots of surrounding districts.
Atul Kamble, Tv9, Mumbai: On the one hand, ST came to the help of BEST during the Corona period even though ST was in dire condition. The base employees had threatened to go on strike for their various demands. At that time, Lalpari ST ran to the help of BEST to avoid any inconvenience to the passengers. Thousands of trains of ST (MSRTC) were heading towards Mumbai. So ST sent such a strong bill that BEST literally couldn’t match it. During the Corona period, BEST employees had warned to call a strike. Therefore ST Corporation was called to avoid any inconvenience to the passengers…but read what happened next…
BEST had issued a strike warning on May 18, 2020. Therefore, in order not to inconvenience the people of Mumbai during the corona period, ST Corporation had ordered about 1200 trains from Raigad, Konkan and from the depots of surrounding districts. Out of them 653 trains actually entered Mumbai. But in the meantime, there was a positive solution to the demands and the strike did not happen. A bill of 2 crore 42 lakhs was sent for the cost of these trains and the wages of drivers and carriers, food allowance etc.
However, after the possible strike of BEST ended, if the cars were not used, then the issue arose as to what happened to the bill of two crores, who would pay this amount? Such a question was discussed in BEST. At that time, during the Corona period, all the transactions of BEST were going on with the help of the municipality.
Sunil Ganacharya, a member of BEST, explained that since BEST is still dependent on the financial assistance of the municipality, it is appropriate for the municipality to pay this bill. ST Corporation is in financial trouble. Speaking to TV Nine, General Secretary of ST Employees Congress Srirang Barge demanded that BEST pay the dues quickly.