Churchill pacifies taxi drivers, assures a meeting with CM
Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao, on Thursday, met and pacified taxi drivers belonging to the South Goa Tourist Taxi Drivers Association (SGTTDA), assuring them a meeting with the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday over the issue of ‘outsiders eating into their business.’
A large delegation of taxi drivers, from South Goa, most of whom are employed by hotels and resorts along the beach stretch, met the MLA early Thursday morning, demanding “action against the state-launched Goa Miles mobile app.”
SGTTDA claimed that the service is being provided by outsiders.
“Our Goan taxi drivers have begun to find it very difficult to run their business,” said Alemao, adding they were managing their operations with mutual understanding, “but with Goa Miles coming in, there are many outsiders functioning as taxi drivers. I have spoken with the Chief Minister and he has called for a meeting on Friday on this.”
Speaking to the media after the meeting with the MLA, the taxi drivers said they are against the proposal of introducing KTC buses to ferry tourists to and from the airport to Mobor.
“We have heard that like the shuttle service from airport to Calangute, there are plans to introduce KTC buses from the airport to Mobor. If this bus service is introduced, the little business we get will also be taken away from us. Our business will be over,” said a taxi driver Jose Alfonso.
President of the association Vincy Carvalho said, “The government has introduced Goa Miles app which is allowing outsiders to operate taxis. Three days back 15 taxis of Goa Miles, carrying co-passengers, had come to Colva, not for business but to create a problem.”
“We then went to the police, who mediated and eased the situation. But, we will take up this problem to the Chief Minister on Friday,” Carvalho added.