BJP trying to kill local taxi business by inviting private players: Chodankar

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Panaji: Alleging that the BJP government in Goa is known for ‘total commission’, Congress leader Girish Chodankar on Wednesday said that now it is trying to kill the local taxi business by inviting ‘Ola’ and ‘Uber’ for their share.

Reacting to Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho’s statement that people of country are laughing on Goa for not having ‘Ola’ and ‘Uber’, Chodankar said that despite the state having enough taxis why is he so keen to bring the private players.

“Godinho must first study whether people of the other states are happy with such private players, where the security issue has always remained a worrisome situation. In Goa, our local taxi owners and motorcycle pilots are known for treating our ‘guests’ respectfully and in a better way. Bringing the private players will spoil the name of Goa and will also take away business of local taxi owners,” Chodankar opined, adding government should take taxi owners in confidence before taking any decision.

“I would like to remind Godinho that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had assured last May that after implementation of ‘Mhaji Bus’ scheme, buses will ply 24 hours, which will help tourists and those working for night shifts. Why has the service not started till date,” Chodankar questioned.

Chodankar alleged that the BJP government has failed to keep its promises and only imposing unwanted projects and policies on the people of the state.

“Godinho must have struck a deal with private players for commission and hence he is very keen to kill the business of local taxi owners,” Chodankar charged.

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