Panaji: Firmly support the government’s position to introduce an application Taxi service, the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) said taxi operators can thrive by adapting a locally developed taxi platform.
GCCI said some of the taxi aggregators operating in other states may not benefit Goa. “Some of the apps that work in other states may not solve the problems faced by local taxi owners, therefore, the app must be developed locally. User-friendly initiatives integrating and providing solutions to everyday problems faced by taxi owners, such as permit and license renewals, should be offered online and this facility should be linked to all relevant government departments,” the industry body said.
The taxi owner is the first point of contact, especially for high end tourists who come to Goa by air, and the impression that is created is the most lasting, which unfortunately Goa cannot be proud of, as tourists are subject to exorbitant fees, GCCI said.
The association said an app-based service will help improve Goa’s image as a tourist destination and also spread the message that Goans are truly following the tradition of “Atithi Devo Bhav”.
GCCI expects that a comprehensive application, supporting the issues faced by tourists as well as local taxi owners, will be developed, creating a sense of financial and operational security for taxi owners and at the same time ensuring time visitors to Goa experience their journey. in the comfort of their body and soul.
The Goa State Industries Association, another industry body, said it supported the government in its decision to bring in Uber and Ola. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, in a statement from the house floor, said app-based aggregators are needed for the long-term benefit of Goa’s tourism sector.