Goa govt firm on starting app-based cab services: Minister

Goa’s transport minister, Movin Godinho, said the state government is resolute in offering app-based taxi services and will not bow to pressure from the private taxi lobby opposing it. Godinho was addressing the monsoon session of the Legislative Assembly in Goa on Tuesday evening.

Private taxi operators have opposed the app-based taxi services, claiming that it would destabilize their business.
Godinho said taxi operators were opposed to the government’s decision every time (it plans to offer the app-based service).

“This is a tourist country and this time we cannot allow Goa to get a bad reputation because of the behavior of these taxi operators,” he said.

He was responding to the proposal to grant the Ministry of Transport and during the discussion some of the opposition MLAs, including Goa Forward party lawmaker Vijai Sardesai, objected to the government’s invitation to taxi aggregators such as Ola and Uber to the state.

The minister said that all taxi operators are not against the concept of app-based services. He added that few of them incite others to do so.

He said Goa’s government would take taxi operators into confidence before offering app-based taxi services in the state.

Opposition members said the introduction of app-based taxi services should not hinder the current taxi business, which is one of the oldest tourism-related activities in the coastal state.

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