Mumbai: Power cuts or outages in the state would be affected and may not get fixed at all on Tuesday and Wednesday as engineers, operators and linemen of state-run power distribution company MSEDCL are on strike on these days, said reports. (Catch Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates Here)
It is also likely to affect the generation and transmission business, said a leading daily. The protesters are against “privatisation” in the power discom and are also opposed to any reshuffle of manpower where they fear retrenchment, sources said. (Also read: What Will Function, What Will Remain Shut on Bharat Bandh)
According to a senior MSEDCL official, said the daily, there was an alternate arrangement. Engineers and other staff had been on strike since Monday but the services across the state were not hit. “There was only one case of power interruption in Kalyan area but that too was handled by our staff,” said the official. “For the next two days, the state government has issued a circular that employees of MSEDCL cannot go on strike for the next six months. We are also initiating action against those participating in the protest,” the official stated.
“We are going for a major overhaul of manpower, but there will not retrenchment nor will we remove anybody from any post,” the official offered by way of clarification. MSEDCL supplies power to Bhandup-Mulund, Thane, Navi Mumbai and rest of state.
Meanwhile, the daily commute of over 25 lakh people in Mumbai would also be hit as over 30,000 employees of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) have begun an indefinite strike early on Tuesday morning. The umbrella organisation, BEST Sanyukta Kamgar Kriti Samiti, which includes all of BEST unions, is adamant on continuing the strike as no consensus was arrived at in the discussion between the joint-action committee of BEST unions and the BEST management on Monday.