The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has requested Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and the tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar to allow app-based taxi service aggregators to operate in the State.
The association has made the request on the back of the ongoing taxi operators’ strike against GoaMiles, the State’s local app-based taxi service. The HRAWI has stated that the local taxi operators’ demands are unreasonable and uncompetitive while viable and transparent app-based options are available.
“App-based cab operators provide decent services at reasonable fares to the local commuters as well as tourists, and hence should be allowed to operate,” stated Sherry Bhatia, president, HRAWI, adding, “App-based cab operators are operating in almost every State in the country but not in Goa which is a huge inconvenience for both the domestic as well as international tourists.”
He also suggested the use of digital meters on all local taxis to bring transparency.
“Being a tourist State, Goa will benefit from app-based cab services which offer tourists easier, better and cheaper options,” said Menino Prioenca, EC committee member, HRAWI.