Fatorda: Goa Crane Owners Association (GCOA) today called on Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai seeking his intervention and support in protecting their business, which is at stake with industries hiring cranes from outside the State.
GCOA delegation led by President Preshit Kamat met Sardesai and requested that being a leader with true Goan spirit, to work out a amicable solution to the issue in the interest of the people dependent on this business.
GCOA in their representation to Sardesai have pointed out that with close of mining activities, their business is severely affected with limited business in hand. “Further, today, the crane hiring service is been effected and limited, the major corporate and industries are hiring cranes from outside the State affecting our survival,” they said.
The members said that if the situation continues, then their business is at blink, giving rise to unemployment and crime.
“The locals are overrun by these outside crane owners having a big fleet of cranes, large capacity cranes with which they make inroads in the companies,” GCOA said.
GCOA said that compared to outside crane owners, in Goa, they pay more taxes and higher maintenance cost, which gives outsiders the edge to charge low rates.