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Calangute MLA intervenes and seeks an appointment with CM, who assures that representation will be made to the SC to exempt the tourist taxis in Goa from installing speed governors and that fitness certificates would be issued from Tuesday
PANJIM: The All Goa Tourist Taxi Owners’ Association on Sunday finally called off the strike following an assurance from Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar that a representation will be made to the Supreme Court to exempt the tourist taxi operators in Goa from installing speed governors for their vehicles and that fitness certificates would be issued to taxis from Tuesday onwards.
On the third day of the strike at Azad Maidan Panjim, Deputy Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Michael Lobo met the taxi operators and sought an appointment with the Chief Minister. The Lobo-led delegation met the Chief Minister and addressed their grievances.
After meeting the Chief Minister, Lobo along with the delegation of taxi operators addressed the striking operators at Azad Maidan and convinced them to call off their strike in view of the assurance given by the Chief Minister.
He has given in writing to the taxi operators that he will be held responsible if the government fails to fulfil any of the assurances. He has signed the letter and handed over the same to the association in the presence of its committee members.
Lobo informed that the Chief Minister will direct the Advocate General of Goa to file a petition in the Supreme Court of India in the ongoing matter of the speed governors.
He said that only all India taxi permit vehicles would be exempted from installing speed governors as assured by the chief minister.
“We will also speak to Union Transport Minister. A 10-member delegation will meet the union minister in Delhi to resolve the issue,” Lobo said.
The MLA said, “I will assure you that we will fight the battle. Let speed governors be fitted to the other commercial vehicles and not taxis”.
The CM will hold the meeting with taxi union members on January 28 to discuss other issues of the taxi operators in the State.
Over 2,000 taxi operators gathered at Azad Maidan, Panjim, on Sunday demanding the withdrawal of rule to install speed governors. Operators threatened that they will be forced to go on strike if the government fails to fulfil its assurance.
The air passengers were a harried lot even on Sunday as till evening the prepaid airport taxis refused to ply on many routes citing fear of being targeted by protesters and were accepting bookings only to ferry foreign tourists, physically challenged and senior citizens. Likewise Friday and Saturday, the stranded passengers had no alternate choice left, but to use the bus service provided by Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) and Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC).
Soon after tourist taxi operators called off their strike, prepaid airport taxi service bookings for all routes commenced, thus bringing relief to air passengers.