The recent annual budget meet of BEST at BMC headquarters saw uproar as opposition leader Rajhans Singh along with other congress members walked out of the meeting. Despite this, the BEST budget 2008-2009 was passed without any changes. The recent BEST meet saw the approval of the annual budget 2008-2009. Rs 3510 crore along with 11 lakhs as benefit have been allotted in this year’s budget. The budget has underlined Rs 2494 crores as income for the power supply department and 1016 crores for the transport department. The expenditure has been finalized to Rs 2370 crores for the power supply department and 1140 crores for the transport department. The meeting also discussed the losses faced by the BEST service, questions over BEST employees who were removed etc which was answered by the General Manager of BEST Uttam Khobragade. However when he was asked about the negligence shown in the generation of electricity, he directly blamed it on the Committee members. The meeting heated up when Sanjay Potnees stood up to justify the General Manager’s stance following which Rajhans Singh along with his other party members walked out of the meet. On the other hand, Mayor Dr. Shubha Raul said that the opposition had made a hue and cry over nothing. Despite the episode, the BEST annual budget was passed without any alteration. With cameraperson Ravi Nikam, Archana Tripathi for NMTV News.
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