The All Goa Taxi Operators Union has been on strike and it had been on strike for the second day on Saturday. However, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant guaranteed the inbound tourists that his administration was prepared to handle such a situation.
According to Sawant’s tweet on Saturday the state administration is fully equipped to handle a situation as the one at hand. He also gave assurance to tourists visiting Goa that that are sufficient arrangements within the state. And welcomed tourists from India and outside to his state.
Taxi union leader Bappa Korgaonkar was arrested earlier that day, by the Goa Police for apparently threatening a cab driver working for GoaMiles which is a government-appointed cab aggregator service. However he was later released on bail.
The reporters were told by Korgaonkar that unless and until the government scraps the GoaMiles taxi aggregator service, the strike will continue and that he had been arrested on false charges.
Many tourists including those who had come to Goa to spend the long weekend had to bear the outcomes of this strike and had to face many hardships.
IANS, Gagan Malik, Airport Authority of India (AAI) airport manager for Goa, said that the airlines had been instructed to inform inbound passengers about the taxi strike before they alight from the aircraft.
An increase in the frequency of airport coaches had also been done in order to handle increased passenger volumes, he added. On a day-to-day basis, the airport handles nearly 11,000 inbound passengers.
Several drivers of 30,000-odd tourist taxis have often been accused of over-charging, intimidating and operating in an unregulated environment.
The state government has made several attempts to implement a fare-meter system but they have failed. The August deadline for installing fare meters in Goa’s taxis by the high has also not been met.
An appeal has been made by the Chief Minister to the taxi drivers on strike to end the strike and either join the already-existing cab aggregator service or approach the state government to set up a new cab aggregator service for the taxi union drivers.