Meet Panjim MLA Monserrate; Demand that the digital meter fares, once implemented, should be as per the govt gazette
PANJIM: Continuing to mount pressure on the government, the tourist taxi operators on Monday called on Congress’ Panjim MLA Atanasio Monserrate stating that they are ready to install digital meter for their vehicles, provided the app-based Goa Miles taxi service is scrapped.
The taxi operators also demanded that the digital meter fares, once implemented, should be as per the government gazette which is notified in the past.
Last week, Bombay High Court at Goa passed an order directing State government to install digital meters on tourist taxis within six months beginning from August 1.
The taxi operators, who had been opposing the installation of digital meters, now claim that they are ready for it provided the Goa Miles taxi service is scrapped.
After meeting the taxi operators, Monserrate said that his stand is not different from that of Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo who has been supporting the taxi operators.
“Lobo has been spearheading taxi operators’ movement. My stand will not be different from Lobo,” he said advising all the taxi operators to speak in one word. Monserrate said that he will form the strategy after meeting Lobo and work out some solution by approaching government.
Meanwhile, Power Minister Nilesh Cabral, who had instrumented the app-based taxi service during his tenure as GTDC chairman, has once again urged taxi operators to join the app-based facility for a month and then point out its flaws. "I strongly stand by Chief Minister's decision that taxi operators need to join the app service for at least a month and then point out the errors," he said.
Cabral said the facility is developed in such a way that the entire benefit goes to taxi operator. "The facility itself was introduced for local taxi operators and all those who have joined so far are locals," he said claiming that there are several taxi operators who are willing to join but since being part of the Union are under pressure.
He charged that the unions are threatened that with more and more people joining Goa Miles, their monopoly will be lost.