PANAJI, Goa, India – Tourist taxi operators in Goa have threatened to resort to a strike on February 24 if the operation of Olacabs in Goa is not immediately stopped by the government.
The decision was taken by the North Goa tourist taxi owners association (NGTTOA), South Goa tourists tax owners association (SGTTOA) and the federation of tourist taxi owners and drivers association of Goa (FTTAG) at a joint meeting held in coordination with centre for responisble tourism in Panaji on Wednesday.
The meeting raised issues of government inaction and failure to implement promises that had been made in the wake of recent clashes between illegal Russian representatives and local taxi drivers, said NGTTOA’s president Vasu Arlekar. “The CM’s assurance that there will be surprise raids conducted has not been fulfilled,” siad SGTTOA’s president Seby Fernandes,.
FTTAG president Jorge Fernandes said that tour operators and illegal representatives had been cutting into the earnings of the taxi operators.
All the three associations made it clear that taxi operators would not remain silent if the government fails to stop the operation of Olacabs in Goa. “When locals had taken to running taxis on account of unemployment in the state, how can the government support taxi operators from outside the state?” the tourist taxi operators questioned, while criticizing the government for making them pay huge taxes.
The Goa tourist taxi owners association (GTTOA) has also decided that all existing local taxi operators will now unite to create a new system for operating taxis. “This system will be in line with well-established systems in popular destinations around the world. Taxi operators across Goa will organize themselves under a cooperative model and they will implement these measures within a the next six months,” a GTTOA official said.