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Taxi business ‘falls 30%’ since the tourist season began

07 Jan 2018 06:00am IST

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BASURI DESAI

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07 Jan 2018 06:00am IST

Report by
BASURI DESAI

The taxi business in Goa, depending entirely on the arrival of tourists, has reportedly fallen by 30 per cent since the beginning of the tourist season.

The taxi business in Goa, depending entirely on the arrival of tourists, has reportedly fallen by 30 per cent since the beginning of the tourist season.

The taxi operators are reportedly worried due to the change in the pattern of flow of tourists during the peak tourist season, especially from December 22 to January first week. 

The rent-a-bike business was at its peak as more bikes were parked in the parking lot of hotels than the four-wheelers.

Tourism stakeholders have said that most of the tourists preferred bikes over the taxis due to the traffic jams witnessed in the State at every major junctions and streets, especially in Porvorim, Panjim and Cortalim. 

Vinayak Nanoskar, general secretary of North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association, said that “the taxi business has dropped by 30 per cent” and puts the blame on the weak law enforcement. He said that along with rent a bikes, private bikes were also given on hire. This has also had a severe impact on the taxi business. 

He has sought the intervention of the Government of Goa particularly Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in view of taxi operators losing the businesses.

“I appeal to the Government to have a clean tourism infrastructure and proper planning so that more tourists will be attracted to Goa. We need a systematic management of the transportation system in the State so that taxis, rent-a-bikes and other tourism related trades are streamlined”, Nanoskar said.

Another taxi driver Anand Nikam from Calangute said tourists who had hired taxis were disappointed due to the traffic jams across the coastal belt. 

“Although there was a drop in the arrival of tourists, still the present crowd was unmanageable and traffic jams were witnessed at several places along the coastal belt”, he said. 

Rent-a-car operators had the same story to relate.

Moulali Shaikh, a rent-a-car operator from Calangute, said “compared to the last 13 tourist seasons this year was the worst situation for my trade.”

“For the first time on December 31 my four cars remained idle. This has never happened before. A vehicle like ‘Thar’ jeep was not hired”, he said. 
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