South Goa tourist taxi owners meet Vijai over their demands





Members of South Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association (SGTTOA) along with Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao met TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai to pursue demands of the association.

According to the association members, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had said there would be a meeting with stakeholders to finalise the demands.

Sardesai assured the taxi owners that the meeting with the chief minister would be scheduled on Wednesday after the cabinet meeting.

In their list of demands, the association has asked that the directorate of transport, tourism and the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) along with the association members should draft an enforcement plan for the next ten years.

SGTTOA president Roque Fernandes said that “there are no clear directions from the concerned departments; one wants us to go digital, the other is saying something else. Hence, we want a permanent plan for a 10-year period on what we should and should not do.”

Welcoming the plan, Sardesai said, “There should be no ad hocism in this business. This has become a systemic issue and we need a permanent solution. The government should take them into consideration when taking decisions and see that their needs are protected.”

Alemao said that those involved in running illegal taxis should be stopped. He also added that there should be a check on the tours and travel operators that are eating into the business of taxi owners.