Panaji, July 14 (IANS): Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told the assembly on Thursday that the government will introduce an app-based taxi service in the coastal state.
Responding to a question from member Delilah Lobo, he said the app-based taxi service will be implemented with confidence.
“App based taxi service is just the solution. I say this for the sake of taxi owners in Goa and in the long run without app based service we will not survive. Do oppose not app-based taxi service…we are ready to provide this service.We will take all stakeholders in confidence,” Sawant said.
Sawant said taxi owners don’t use meters. “They keep the meters closed, so even tracking can’t happen. We had subsidized the meters considering they would use it, but they’re not using it,” he said.
“Government has given them (taxi owners) Rs 11,000 as a full subsidy for the meter but they are not using it. They are even cheating tourists, we have to be serious about this. If we need l “tourism industry in the long term, then we have to think about this area. I have sympathy for taxi owners, and if anyone is interested in getting into this business, we must encourage them,” said he declared.
While discussing the issue of taxi meters, opposition MPs called on the government to impose a fine on those who do not use the meters.