Bringing up the demand for app-based taxi services in the state, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI), on Monday, submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Tourism Minister, asking for app-based taxi service aggregators to operate in the interest of tourists and Goan industry.
According to HRAWI, app-based cab operators are operating in almost every state but not in Goa, which is a huge inconvenience for both the domestic as well as international tourists.
The tourism body has also recommended the use of digital meters on all local taxis as, “it will bring transparency, and offer convenient and reliable taxi services.”
The body made the request on the back of the ongoing taxi operators’ strike in the state against GoaMiles.
“App-based cab operators including Ola, Uber and GoaMiles, among others offer tourists the choice of their ride. These operators provide decent services at reasonable fares to the local commuters as well as tourists, and hence should be allowed to operate,” said Sherry Bhatia, president, HRAWI.
As per HRAWI, online services have become an important part of day-to-day lives. The app-based cab services are a boon, especially, for travelers who find it easy and convenient to plan and pre-book their trips and being a tourist state, Goa will benefit with app-based cab services.
Menino Prioenca, executive committee member, HRAWI, asked for the government’s intervention on the matter.
“It will go a long way in aiding and enabling tourism in the state as local transport system is known to be the key driving factor in the promotion of tourism,” said Prioenca.
Earlier, the TTAG had extended support to app-based taxi, GoaMiles. Stakeholders in the tourism industry are of the opinion that lopsided trade practices are detrimental to progress and discourage tourism in the state.
HRAWI stated that the local taxi operators’ demands are unreasonable and uncompetitive while viable and transparent app-based options are available.