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Govt assures High Court that taxis will soon have digital meters

08 Sep 2017 05:20am IST

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08 Sep 2017 05:20am IST

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TTAG, GCCI and other stakeholders had moved the court in February alleging that the government was illegally and unconstitutionally keeping in abeyance the implementation of digital fare meters.

PANJIM: Taxis in Goa will have digital fare meters soon, with the State government submitting to the High Court of Bombay at Goa that its implementation will be by the month-end. 

The court is conducting the final hearing of a writ petition filed by the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) seeking directions to the government to implement its decision to make digital meters compulsory for tourist taxis.

When the matter came up for hearing, Advocate General Dattaprasad Lawande told the bench that the scheme for digital meters for taxis would be implemented by the end of this month. He requested that the matter be posted in the first week of October after which the court kept the next hearing on October 4, 2017.

TTAG, supported by Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and other stakeholders, had moved the court in February alleging that the government was illegally and unconstitutionally keeping in abeyance the implementation of the decision and sought directions for its immediate enforcement.

Earlier this week Transport Minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar had said that installing of digital meters and Global Positioning System (GPS) will be implemented in the State only after the high court order.

In June 2015, the Transport Department had issued a notification making it mandatory for the 15,000-odd tourist taxis in Goa to install GPS-enabled digital meters, but it was subsequently kept on hold following an agitation by some taxi operators. It had also incorporated a provision of granting 50 percent subsidy or Rs 5,000 towards its purchase. 

Transport Department, which is one of the respondents in the case, had submitted to the court that its intention to keep in abeyance was owing to the election code of conduct.
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