BEST strike enters day 5

In the wake of the ongoing strike called by employees of the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST), School Bus Owners' Association has announced that a total of 2000 private buses will provide service to passengers in Mumbai. BEST, the lifeline of Mumbai, has a fleet size of as many as 3200 buses and comprises around 32,000 employees. It is the second largest transport system in the metropolis after local trains. More than 70 lakh people commute via BEST buses on a daily basis. However, BEST has incurred huge loss due to the indefinite strike. BEST employees are on an indefinite strike over various demands, including hike in salaries and merger of BEST budget with BMC.