The BEST is facing huge losses due to the outdated Trimax machines.
MUMBAI: Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply & Transport Undertaking (BEST) committee members may bring a “no confidence motion” against BEST general manager (GM) at the next meeting on grounds that he did not take into consideration the committee’s views on several issues, including the Trimax machine for ticketing.
The BEST is facing huge losses due to the outdated Trimax machines. A Shiv Sena member of the BEST committee said that the GM should be sent back to the state government.
Meanwhile, Congress leader and BEST committee member Ravi Raja said that the Sena was in power in the committee as well as the BMC but was unable to control the GM. Mr Raja said that the GM was not listening to the BEST committee. “The Sena should bring a no confidence motion against the GM and the Congress will support it,” he said.
A fortnightly meeting was called on Thursday at BEST Bhavan. Suhas Samant, a Sena member of the BEST committee, objected to the use of Trimax machines. “As the charger is not being provided to the depot, the machines are not being charged, leading to discharge of the machines while on board the bus when the conductor is using them to give tickets. As the machine is not working, several passengers don’t buy tickets, leading to a loss of lakhs of rupees of every day,” said Mr Samant.
Mr Samant told The Asian Age that if the attitude of the GM did not change, the committee would bring a no confidence motion against him. He also claimed that if proper machines were provided, the BEST would register 30 to 35 lakh passengers every day, up from the current 25 lakh.
BEST committee member Anil Kokil supported Mr Samant and said that it was unfortunate that BEST was being intentionally made to face such a huge loss. “The GM should be suspended and he should be sent back to the state government as he is not working for the welfare of the BEST and in accordance with the committee,” said Mr Kokil.
Meanwhile, committee chairman, Ashish Chemburkar, said, “The administration should not force me to take a harsh decision.”