Panaji: In what can break the monopoly of tourist taxi operators, Goa government has decided to formulate a scheme providing financial assistance to the locals who intend to buy the vehicle and run it as taxi.
Goa Tourism Development Corporation has sought to break ice with tourist taxi operators who are opposing the App-based service in the state.
GTDC Chairman Dayanand Sopte and Managing Director Nikhil Desai met chief minister Pramod Sawant over the issue.
Addressing a press conference, Sopte said that chief minister has designed a scheme providing financial help to the locals who intend to buy vehicle. “They can buy the vehicle at subsidized rate and use it as taxi, creating employment opportunities,” he said.
Sopte said that the tourist taxi operators are being misguided by some people. “I appeal them to join App-based taxi service for one month and see the benefits,” he said.
He also said that some of the taxi operators were spoiling the name of Goa and tourists are afraid to visit the state.
Sopte said that App-based taxi service has been an accepted norm across the world and in India. “Even those Goans who go to other cities use the App-based taxi service and they are happy about it,” he said.