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App-based taxi services to start soon in Goa, promises CM Sawant

Goa taxi service situation is not up to par according to travellers. Besides, it’s expensive too. But now, good news is coming. As Goa’s tourist season officially begins in the first week of October, the state will soon benefit from app-based taxi services.

Yes, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday that his government has decided to introduce an app-based taxi service in the coastal country. App-based taxis will be available soon in November.

Two months ago, Goa Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho said the state government was working to roll out an app-based taxi service. And private taxis would not bow to pressure from lobby opposition.

The state’s local private taxi association has opposed the introduction of app-based taxis in Goa. As they claim, this will seriously affect businesses and may even destabilize their industry.

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Private taxi companies oppose app-based taxi services

App-based taxi services

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Instead of allowing Ola and Uber to operate in Goa, the government initially created its own service, called GoaMiles. But this led to a collision between local taxi drivers and GoaMiles taxi drivers. Because this influx of taxi services could increase competition and harm people’s livelihoods.

Although attempts to resolve ongoing disputes between local taxi companies and the public taxi service GoaMiles are still ongoing.

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At the state assembly, CM Pramod Sawant said, “Government has given taxi owners ₹11,000 as a full subsidy for the taximeter but they are not using it. They also deceive tourists.

Taxi owners, on the other hand, have their own frustrations. They say the gauges are often wrong and some don’t work at all.

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However, the Chief Minister of Goa believes that this problem will be solved in a few days.

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