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Mumbai: Transfer of BEST GM hurts revival plan

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Mumbai: The transfer of the general manager of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has left the plan for financial revival of the undertaking hanging.

The management of the undertaking submitted an action plan to the committee which was set to be discussed in the committee meeting and executed subsequently.

Specific steps were listed in the blueprint to cut down the losses of the undertaking. The measures included abolishing the subsidies, changing the agreements based on current financial crisis in the plan.


The management had also planned to reorganise the bus routes and making efficient use in the fleet of the buses. The civic body had asked the undertaking to submit the action plan after which they were to provide them with Rs1000 crore for revival.

BEST committee members opposed the move of transfer and said it could have been postponed after the decision on the plan.
However, while the severely cash strapped undertaking was limping towards a surgery, general manager of the undertaking, Jagdish Patil was transferred on Saturday and has been posted as the cooperation commissioner.

Patil was transferred on Saturday and has been posted as the cooperation commissioner.
The financial revival of the undertaking is staring at uncertainty due to this transfer as he had listed several measures under the action plan.

“The new GM will take at least three months to study the action plan report and to get an understanding of the style of functioning. The former general manager had taken several measures including rationalising the bus routes and changing the fare structure of BEST buses for the betterment of the undertaking,” said Ravi Raja,

BEST buses for the betterment of the undertaking,” said Ravi Raja, member of BEST committee.

Few committee members hoped the new GM would bring different perspective for the betterment of the undertaking. However, they opposed the timing of the transfer.