BEST panel members divided over latest row

BEST undertaking committee members are split over the latest controversy involving four employees,who allegedly kidnapped and assaulted an autorickshaw driver.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:June 8, 2012 12:04 am

BEST undertaking committee members are split over the latest controversy involving four employees,who allegedly kidnapped and assaulted an autorickshaw driver.

“Like all other drivers,BEST drivers are frustrated because of Mumbai’s traffic. When they see a rickshaw or taxi,carrying merely one or three passengers,trying to overtake their vehicles that carry 50 to 60 people,it must be very irritating,” said Shiv Sena committee member Sunil Ganacharya.

According to Ganacharya,the driver of the BEST bus was not present at the time of the incident. “These are other drivers who had just finished their duty. Appropriate action will be taken against them,” he said.

Congress committee member Kisan Jadhav said new drivers should not be put on heavy traffic routes. “Put them on lighter routes,let the experienced drivers handle these roads. They know how to control their temper in such frustrating situations,” he said.

However,Ziya Ur Rahman Wahidi,a Congress committee member of the undertaking,feels differently. “BEST is turning into a killing machine. It’s time to pull the staff up and give punishment that will act as a deterrent. So far,whenever the issue of errant drivers is brought up,some members always try to downplay it with lame excuses,such as stress and city traffic,” he said.

Fellow member Ravi Raja said the heads of the transport division are not taking as much care as before. “Something is clearly lacking. The image of BEST has gone down with every incident this year. Discipline and etiquette should be instilled in the employees during the training,” he said.

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