Are Mumbaikars’ pockets meant to be robbed?
The BEST administration cried that the rising fuel prices, hike in prices of separate parts of the buses, etc. has brought the BEST into loss
Thus the common Mumbaikars are bearing the excess burden. At present there are 40,000 employees at BEST in electricity and transport departments. The agency provides electricity to 10 lakh customers and drives 40 lakh passengers on regular basis.
The BEST administration cried that the rising fuel prices, hike in prices of separate parts of the buses, etc. has brought the BEST into loss and there was no other way than increasing the rates to manage the losses.
After increasing the bus fare, the number of passengers is decreasing but the organization does not have any other option left to cover the losses. Thus in past 1.5 years, the bus fare has been raised by at least three times.
Besides after the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission’s order, the electricity charges have been increased. It has turned as a major blow to monthly budgets of the electricity consumers and hence it is said that the new hike in BEST prices would make an eruption.
In reply, the BEST officials said that the BEST administration has also been circled by the inflation and the spending on the administration, maintenance and employees is more than its earnings. Thus unwillingly the ticket and electricity rates are increased.
Talking with Prahaar, O P Gupta, General Manager, BEST, said, “The passengers or people’s representatives should suggest appropriate plan to maintain the financial side of the BEST. But the administration thinks that the deficit can be managed only by increasing the rates,” he said.