VASCO: Mormugao Port Tourist Taxi Union (MPTU) has once again demanded that their livelihood in the port town be protected.
MPTU President Sanjay Kanoji said that the tourist taxis should get 50 per cent of the business when passenger ships arrive at the port.
Taxi operators at Mormugao port are getting furious day by day as they feel that their business is being taken away by the tourist buses. The passenger cruises that arrive every Wednesday bringing in around 1000 passengers but all of these tourists were taken by around 68 tourist buses leaving tourist taxi operators high and dry.
Tourist taxi operator Manoj Navelkar said, “It was decided by the authorities that the tourist taxi operators would get half of the business, but in reality the tourist coach buses are completely taking the business and we are left with nothing.”
“Few tour operators are earning from the cruise ships and the tourist taxi operators who are waiting eagerly to get business are not ensured the agreed business,” Kanoji said.
He claimed that around 300 tourist taxis are suffering because of the tour buses. “What the local youth should do?” he questioned. Kanoji also opined that if the situation continues then they would be forced to come on the road.