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Tax stir: Cops, Goa transport body help stranded tourists

PTI | Panaji | Updated: 05-08-2019 17:54 IST | Created: 05-08-2019 17:05 IST
Tax stir: Cops, Goa transport body help stranded tourists
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With several tourists stranded in Goa's beach belt due to the ongoing strike by taxi operators, the state police on Monday asked its junior officers to help vacationers find alternative modes of transport to reach their destinations. State-run Kadamba Transport Corporation is running special buses from various points in the beach belt to ferry tourists to destinations like the Dabolim airport, railway stations and bus stands.

In North Goa, home to several crowd-pulling beaches, the police have asked their officers, who are patrolling important spots to ensure there is no violence by protesting taxi operators, to assist tourists in finding other modes of transport to reach their destinations, an official said. "Tourists can also approach the local police station by calling the respective in-charges on their mobile phones, deputy superintendent of police (Porvorim) Edwin Colaco said.

Several stranded travellers were provided assistance on Monday morning by police personnel, he said. The tourist taxi operators have kept their vehicles off the roads from August 2 demanding that the app-based cab service, Goa Miles, be scrapped.

The app-based cab aggregator, which taxi unions say is adversely affecting their business, is backed by the state-run Goa Tourism Development Corporation. The protesting taxi operators have warned they will surrender their permits if their demand is not met by Thursday.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has rejected the demand to scrap Goa Miles but said his administration can help tourist taxi operators start their own app.



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