Saturday , 16 February 2019

Goa’s first app-based taxi service gets going

PANAJI: The state government on Monday launched Goa’s first mobile app-based tourist taxi service ‘GOAMILES’ with an aim to provide a better service at reasonable rates.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar launched the taxi ‘GOAMILES’, app-based service at a ceremony held in the Secretariat in the presence of Tourism Minister Manohar  ‘Babu’ Ajgaonkar, chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) Nilesh Cabral, secretary for Tourism Sheo Pratap Singh, Tourism director Menino D’Souza and managing director of GTDC Nikhil Dessai.

Speaking on the occasion, Parrikar said that with this new app launched, potential for business will multiply two to three times and also income for the taxi owners will proliferate. “It will guarantee no potential for cheating customers, as it is app-based service. Taxi drivers will not have to pay from their pocket, as charges will be recovered from consumers and the drivers will get their full fare” he added.

Expressing happiness over the launch of the state’s first mobile app-based service, Ajgaonkar said that it will offer a better experience to customers by making the taxi fare payment easy and secure. He said that around 2,000 to 3,000 taxi operators have already registered themselves under this service and further requested all taxi owners from across the state to come under this service.

The new initiative ‘GOAMILES’ will provide the convenience of booking a taxi immediately upon arrival in the state at reasonable, government-approved rates. ‘GOAMILES’ app can be downloaded from Google play store or apple store.

It was also informed that this initiative has made sure that the service also benefits the taxi drivers equally by not charging anything from their revenues, as against the popular trend elsewhere in India and the world over. Taxi drivers will receive payment on a daily basis under the service.

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