‘Taxigo City,’ an affordable online taxi service similar to that of Ola and Uber, introduced by a Panaji-based entrepreneur Raghu Shetye has emerged as a popular cab service in the city in just three months since it was launched. The fleet of ‘Taxigo City’ has risen from ten taxis at the start to 100 taxis now.
“I have received overwhelming support. People are sharing information about our services. People have started using our services for their day-to-day activities and many corporate companies have approached us asking us to provide our taxi service,” said Shetye. He said that the taxi service was started with ten taxis initially and claimed that around 90 more taxi have been added to its tally.
“The demand is increasing day by day. Around 100 taxis are associated with us and approximately 150 families are dependent on ‘Taxigo City’ including drivers, owners, tourist agents and travel agents,” he said.
Witnessing the name of Goa getting tarnished due to the attitude of the taxi operators, Shetye had decided to start ‘Taxigo City’ service.
“My policy has remained the same. I have not bought taxis on my own and have kept inducting our local taxi operators and owners in this service. I want to give employment
opportunity to local taxi drivers and share the income with their owners. My goal is to provide taxi service to people at affordable prices,” he said.
‘Taxigo City’ was launched in October last year with a basic plan of Rs 199 wherein tourists and locals can use the taxi service for a 45-minute drive covering a maximum of nine kilometres after which an additional Rs 20 is charged per kilometre. The fare price has remained unchanged since then. To use the taxi service, people can visit the website www.taxigo.co.in
Shetye said that he suffered losses during the days when taxi unions went on strike, as his taxis were not allowed to operate.
“I have spoken to the taxi union leaders and urged them to start similar services. I am ready to help in acquiring technology and software. I urge more taxi operators to join me and I promise that our dealings will be transparent. If a taxi driver works for 8-10 hours a day, he can make a minimum of Rs 2,000 per day,” he said.
The services are operated only during the day hours. The firm is yet to come out with an app for which Shetye is awaiting government approval.
He said that soon after receiving the government approval for mobile application, he will conduct an awareness programme for the drivers about the GPS technology and the behavioural classes and the safety aspect of the driver and the passengers.
He said that he has plans to extend the services during night time. The taxi services are currently offered in Panaji and Margao and soon they will start in Vasco followed by other parts of the state.