Goa Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho has said the state government is firm on the introduction of app-based taxi services and will not bow to pressure from the private taxi lobby opposing it .
Godinho was addressing the ongoing monsoon session of the Goa Legislative Assembly on Tuesday evening.
Private taxi operators have opposed app-based taxi services, saying it would destabilize their business.
Godinho said taxi operators always oppose the government’s decision (he plans to introduce the app-based service).
“It is a tourist state and this time we cannot allow Goa to get a bad name because of the conduct of these taxi operators,” he said.
He was responding to the motion on grants for the transport department and during the discussion some opposition MPs including Goa Forward Party lawmaker Vijai Sardesai objected to the government’s invitation to send aggregators from taxis like Ola and Uber to the state.
The minister said that not all taxi operators object to the concept of app-based services. Some of them incite others to oppose them, he added.
Goa government will give confidence to taxi operators before introducing app-based taxi services in the state, he said.
Opposition members have said the introduction of app-based taxi services should not hamper the existing taxi business, which is one of the oldest tourism-related businesses in the coastal state.
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