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CM asks GTDC to develop app-based taxi service

22 Jan 2018 05:56am IST

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22 Jan 2018 05:56am IST

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Says strike by tourist taxi operators is uncalled for and unlawful

PANJIM: Taking a strong note of the striking taxi operators for last three days, the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has asked Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) to develop app-based taxi service in 3-4 months.

The chief minister said that the strike by taxi operators is uncalled for and completely unlawful. He said that the app-based taxi service would be started in Goa in three to four months. 

“I have asked the GTDC to start the process; they have already advertised for expression of interest,” he said. 

The chief minister further stated that he has also asked the GTDC to take over the pre-paid taxi counter at the Dabolim airport so that adequate taxis will be provided to the tourists arriving at the airport. 

“I have already instructed the GTDC to take over the taxi counter that will be manned by them. They will be having electronically operated multiple counters,” he said. 

Claiming that the number of taxis is inadequate, he said that he has asked GTDC to increase the number of taxis. “There could be possibility of introducing airport taxis,” Parrikar said. 

He also said that the KTCL (Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd) will be asked to start bus service form fixed destinations to the airport. 

Regarding digital fare meters, he said, implementation will commence in the next 4-5 months.

Parrikar informed that if private vehicles are found used as taxis, then, their registration would be suspended for one year.

He also said that the government was in a process to develop another app for complaints by which the tourists can register their complaints against any taxi for charging above board fees or any other grievance. 

“All these things will happen, but it will be step by step,” the chief minister said. 
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