Resolve grievances before fixing meters: Taxi owners
South Goa tourist taxi owner's association (SGTTOA) have demanded that the travel and tourism association of Goa (TTAG) and the transport department address their grievances first before they agree to implement taxi meters.
A meeting was held in Panaji under the instructions from chief minister Manohar Parrikar, between the hoteliers and taxi operators. The meeting was chaired by tourism director along with director of transport in the presence of Benaulim MLA Caitu Silva, police officials including the Colva PI.
"In the meeting the taxi operators put forth only four demands. But, the taxi operators were not happy with the outcome of the meeting as most of the South Goa hoteliers were not present," said SGTTOA president Seby Fernandes.
Fernandes further pointed out that TTAG president Francisco Braganza raised the taxi meter issue but it was not acceptable to the taxi operators till the other issues are sorted out.
When asked to elaborate, SGTTOA secretary Uday Malvankar said that they complained at the meeting that the transport department's official gazette regarding taxi rates had to be revised as it has not been done so since 2006 and that a fresh 2013 gazette with increased rates had to be implemented.
Their other demands were that there be taxi counters in the hotels and car parks inside the hotel premises, the need to take immediate action to stop the trade of all illegal representatives in their sphere of business and that tourist taxi business be handed over only to the self employed local taxi operators. [TOI]