Taxi services

Goa needs app-based taxi services like Ola and Uber, says CM Pramod Sawant

The taxi situation in Goa does not make anyone happy. Travelers to Goa find them too expensive, tourists find them exorbitant, and taxi drivers themselves face the heat from all directions.

Efforts have long been underway to settle ongoing disputes over the regions in which local taxi companies and the state-owned app-based taxi service, Goa Miles, can operate. Recent calls for the biggest app-based taxi providers like Ola and Uber to start operations in the state of Goa have come from the state’s chief minister. This was said by CM Pramod Sawant in response to a question from Delilah Lobo in the State Assembly. With everyone’s help, he promised, an app-based taxi service will be established.

At the meeting, Sawant said, “App-based taxi service is the only solution. I say this for the sake of taxi owners in Goa and in the long run, without an app based service we will not survive. Don’t object to app-based taxi service… we are ready to offer this service. We will take all stakeholders on board,” he added, “They keep the meters away, so even tracking cannot take place. We had granted subsidies on the meters considering that they will use it, but they do not use it. »

Meanwhile, he also added, “Government has given them (taxi owners) Rs 11,000 as full meter subsidy but they are not using it. They even cheat tourists, we have to be serious about that. If we need the tourism industry in the long term, we have to think about this area. I have sympathy for taxi owners, and if anyone is interested in getting into this business, we should encourage them.

Taxi owners have their own complaints, on the other hand. They say the counters are often incorrect and some have stopped working altogether.

The government, instead of allowing Ola and Uber to operate in Goa, initially set up its own service called GoaMiles – but this led to clashes between regular taxi drivers and Goamiles service drivers. Taxi drivers are against Ola and Uber because an influx of such taxi services would increase competition and negatively affect livelihoods. Goa also has a booming business of rental scooters and self-driving car services, which would also be affected by the entry of Uber and Ola.

In other Ola news, Bangalore-based Indian taxi aggregator Ola recently released teaser images of their upcoming electric car. It would be Ola Electric’s second product in the Indian market. Ola launched its first product, the S1 and S1 pro electric scooters in the market last year. Teaser images of the upcoming electric car were released during OLA’s customer day at their factory outside Bangalore. Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said they will reveal more details about the upcoming electric car on August 15, 2022.

The taxi aggregator, which is now an electric vehicle manufacturer, previously displayed a rendered image of its electric vehicle idea. Bhavish Aggarwal posted a photo of the concept car – a sedan – on social media. The teaser image that has just been made public does indeed look like a sedan. It looks more like a lowered sedan. Ola seems to have changed his mind and is currently working on an electric car rather than a compact sedan. In the teaser images, there are actually two models. The preview photographs posted online make it possible to differentiate the two models.

Ola’s sedan or electric car should have a range of at least 400 kilometers. There are also rumors that Ola may offer the EV in 2WD and AWD configurations. The sedan is currently in development by the company and is expected to hit the market by the end of 2023. Ola is expected to maintain a competitive price in order to attract customers. Ola’s S1 and S1 pro electric scooters were introduced to the market last year to a resounding reception.