MSRTC strike day 3: Pune loses Rs 1 crore revenue every day, MSRTC’s total loses reach Rs 75 crore
MSRTC spokesperson Abhijeet Bhosale said that the total losses incurred by MSRTC due to the ongoing strike have reached Rs 75 crore on Thursday.pune Updated: Oct 19, 2017 22:14 IST
Already facing financial crisis, the ongoing strike by workers of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has resulted in huge financial losses for the MSRTC at a time when it could have recovered some of its losses due to the heavy passenger rush during Diwali.
The MSRTC, which is already reeling under a financial crisis, has incurred losses worth Rs 75 crore with Pune division alone losing on a revenue of Rs 1 crore per day since the strike began.
With the administration failing to pacify the workers, the strike completed three days on Thursday with negotiations underway between protestors and the government.
MSRTC spokesperson Abhijeet Bhosale said that the total losses incurred by MSRTC due to the ongoing strike have reached Rs 75 crore on Thursday.
When contacted, MSRTC Pune divisional controller, Shrinivas Joshi told Hindustan Times that during the Diwali festive season, the revenue earned by MSRTC is around Rs 1 crore each day.
"Since the strike began, MSRTC has lost this revenue of Rs 1 crore per day. Also, the ticket cancellations have been large in number. Till Wednesday night, a total of 14 lakh tickets have been cancelled," he added.
With the strike entering the third day, there was no relief for MSRTC commuters who continued to wait helplessly for the bus service to resume. The six-hour-long negotiations between state transport minister Diwakar Raote and the unions on Wednesday night also failed to yield any results. Sources informed that the administration had proposed a hike of Rs 4000 to Rs 7000, which the unions were unhappy about.
With commuters being severely affected, state transport minister Diwakar Raote met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday to discuss the issue. The Maharashtra State ST Kamagar Sanghatana (MSSKS), supported by six other labour unions, is leading the agitation, which entered its third day on Thursday. The unions are demanding a salary revision based on the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.
With what came as a relief to some passengers, a total of eight buses were allowed to ply from the Bhor bus depot on Thursday morning. This came after members of Shiv Sena Pranit ST Kamgar Sanghatana took the initiative and allowed eight buses to ply from Bhor.