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Goa: App-based taxi services coming soon, says CM Pramod Sawant

Pramod Sawant, the chief minister of Goa, said on Wednesday his administration was committed to bringing app-based taxi services to the coastal state. “I want to assure you that in a few days app-based taxis will be available,” Sawant told reporters in Chandigarh.

A few months ago, Goa Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho said the state government was adamant about implementing app-based taxi services and would resist pressure from the taxi lobby. private.

Private taxi operators are opposed to app-based taxi services because they fear it will cause instability in their industry.

On private taxi operators opposed to app-based taxi services, Sawant said, “In a few days, the taxi problem will be solved and you will get app-based taxi in Goa.”

Asked about the mysterious death of Sonali Phogat, leader of the Haryana BJP in Goa last month, Sawant replied: “At the request of his family, we handed over the investigation to the CBI.

“Any assistance that CBI may require from the Goa Police will be given. A CBI team has already traveled to Goa and is carrying out an investigation in the state,” he said.

With Phogat’s family earlier expressing their displeasure with the state police’s initial investigation, Sawant said, “The Goa police have conducted the investigation in a very good manner.”

“All evidence collected has been handed over to the CBI,” he added.

In response to another question regarding the drug problem, he said: “Our anti-narcotics unit is working hard. During my tenure there have been a number of raids and many people have been arrested. Even in the nightclubs and parties, the police are on duty.”

Asked about the tourism industry, the CM said Goa was actively working, especially in the area of ​​infrastructure development.

“We want Goa to become the tourism capital of the country… Besides sun, sand and sea, we promote spiritual and wellness tourism,” Sawant said.

In Chandigarh, the Chief Minister of Goa spoke at a press conference. He traveled to Ambala in Haryana to meet Charanjeet Kaur, 84, whose husband Karnail Singh Benipal was killed at Patradevi in ​​Goa in 1955 while fighting for the liberation of the coastal state from the Portuguese.

Goa, which was granted statehood in 1987, was liberated from Portuguese rule on December 19, 1961.

(With PTI entries)

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