I had pressure to stop Goa Miles, CM admits

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Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday admitted that he had to undergo pressure from some quarters including his cabinet colleagues to shut down state’s first ever app-based taxi service.

Goa Tourism Development Corporation has supported App-based cab service ‘Goa Miles’ which was launched in the State in the year 2018 but faced stiff opposition from traditional tourist taxi lobby in the year 2019.

“ I had faced pressure from various quarters. There was a pressure on me either to stop Goa Miles or restrict its working in certain parts of the state,” said Sawant, who had successfully handled agitation by Tourist Taxi operators in August, 2019.

The Chief minister admitted that several people including some of his cabinet colleagues were forcing him to take steps against the app-based cab service.

Sawant was speaking during launching of India’s first in-car magazine “Travel Miles” in Panaji.

He said that the introduction of app-based taxi service has regulated the cab business which was earlier “unorganized.”

“The service contributed for the safety and security of the passengers besides providing them affordable rates to travel,” he said.

Sawant said that there is slowdown in the tourism business during last year. But he said that the state is looking at a brighter future with several initiatives taken to bring the industry back on the track.

He said that the draft Tourism Policy of the state is with him, which he would clear only after taking all the stakeholders into confidence.

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The crooked taxi operators again coerced the Goa government to shut down the app based service just so that the former could continue fleecing customers. As a fitting reply to such arm-twisting, government must take immediate action to increase frequency and number of KTC shuttle services, both intercity and intercity. Plus, a service to and from Dabolim airport to Panaji, Margaon, Vasco and Ponda atleast.

The crooked taxi operators again coerced the Goa government to shut down the app based service just so that the former could continue fleecing customers. As a fitting reply to such arm-twisting, government must take immediate action to increase frequency and number of KTC shuttle services, both intercity and intercity. Plus, a service to and from Dabolim airport to Panaji, Margaon, Vasco and Ponda atleast.

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Goa

For tourists this app is good and must be used

Upset Goan
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Bad move

Taxi fares are very high here as compared to other states. Fares are decided at will by the drivers. The app had brought some relief! Sad to see the app going away!

5

Goa miles

Jan 6 to 9 th I visited goa I used this app . Very nice app and transparent also. Continue this app and regulate private travels .

5

Great service

Great service at an efficient price

Clint
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Goamiles

I have used the Goa Miles service when on holiday here & was very happy with their prompt reply & found their tariffs very reasonable as opposed to the local private taxis. However connectivity was a problem at times from the village I was visiting.

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Dhiman

I too used that app based service once last year during my holiday in Goa. The local unorganised cabs were not only a security risk but they virtually rob us in terms of the fare charged. App based cabs were much more cheaper though not available everywhere.

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Giri

I have used it during our family holiday and found it very useful and convenient. Ofcourse, heard from the Goamiles drivers that local taxi unions in some parts create problems especially when they come for pickup. It will eventually get solved with perseverance and Govt support. Same was with OLA and UBER initially when they started the service in other cities.

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