Panaji, Jul 18 (UNI) The Goa State Industries Association (GSIA) on Monday gave its support to the state government for the initiative to introduce app-based taxi services in the coastal state.
“We believe that the introduction of app-based taxi service aggregators is the only solution to end the woes of the traveling public. We understand that the government provided a subsidy of Rs 11,000 per taxi to install the digital meters and that the taxi operators kept these non-functional meters. We urge the government not to succumb to pressure from taxi unions and instead embrace a long-term solution to have a smooth and convenient mode of transportation,” GSIA Chairman Damodar Kochkar said in a statement. .
Goa lacks reliable public transport and therefore there is an urgent need for affordable transport services if the government is to promote tourism, he added.
“We found that every time an industry customer or supplier comes to Goa, they complain about being overcharged by the taxi operators. Also, if our client/supplier is staying in a hotel, the industry representative is not allowed to pick him up by the taxi operators. This cannot happen in any democratic country where people should have the right to choose their own mode of transport,” he said.
Recently, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had said that the government would go for app-based taxi services in the state.
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