The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply Transport (BEST) undertaking is spending Rs5.5 lakh of public money on Ganesh pandals for their staff and local politicians. The Rs40.20 lakh proposal includes setting up searchlights, mounting towers for halogen lights and rescuers, diesel generator sets and barricades.
The undertaking has identified over 15 sites for these pandals including Girgaum Chowpatty, Badhwar Park, Haji Bunder, Dadar Chowpatty, mayor’s bungalow at Shivaji Park, Gateway of India, Mahim Reti Bunder and Sion Chunabhatti.
“We are not wasting money. These pandals will be required for our staff on the days of immersion. Local politicians and dignitaries can also use them,” said a senior BEST official.
“This year BEST faced a loss of around Rs200 crore. These pandals and search lights, however, are kept at selected locations on day of immersion,” said Sunil Ganacharya, BEST committee member.