Goa can’t be different when world has accepted taxi aggregators: CM Sawant

Sawant said that the tourism industry is affected due to the non-availability of app-based aggregator services.

Panaji: Entire world and country have accepted taxi aggregators. Goa cannot be different from it, said Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday and assured of resolving the taxi issue within the next three months.

“We have to introduce an app-based aggregator taxi service, we will get a solution on it in the next three months,” he said.

Claiming that tourism stakeholders have raised the issue of taxis, Sawant said that the tourism industry is affected due to the non-availability of app-based aggregator services.

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“Good that you came to know about it from stakeholders itself, how the tourism industry is suffering. Otherwise, taxi owners ask who says it (that the tourism industry is affected), I am not telling this, stakeholders have themselves told it in front of you. Hence, I feel that this issue should be resolved and we will do it,” Sawant told reporters here after having a meeting with tourism stakeholders.

Speaking over the issue, Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte said that the taxi issue will be resolved by taking the coastal MLAs into confidence.

“There are issues of aggregators in terms of transportation. We have to understand the dynamics of Goa, which has a small population. Everybody wishes for the sky, we also have to work on the economy of the state. So keeping the balance equation and ensuring things go right, we have already come with ‘Goa miles’. Now we are going one step ahead and trying to get an aggregator of our own. For this, the high powered committee is formed under Chief Minister,” Khaunte said.

He said that before the tourism season starts, the government should have a headway as far as the issue of aggregators is concerned. “Chief Minister has called on the opposition and the ruling party to ensure that small issues politically or apolitically should not be a hindrance to the thought process of the state’s economy,” Khaunte said.

More than eight million tourists visit Goa every year. The tourism industry is hopeful that the number will rise after Mopa airport in Goa is commissioned.

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