Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) on Friday today took strong objections to ‘baseless’ allegations from the Centre for Responsible Tourism (CRT) against the recently launched app-based taxi service GOAMILES.
The GTDC in a statement reiterated that the new app based service was in the interest of Goa and the Goenkar taxi operators; and would appreciate support from the taxi operators rather than them working to oppose the same in a ‘cowardly’ fashion.
The GTDC shunned allegations from the CRT that the new app service was anti-people.
GTDC Chairman Nilesh Cabral said, “ The GTDC acknowledges the fact that tourists and local passengers were facing hardships over the current taxi operations in Goa and sought to ease out transportation woes using technology. We have no intentions to dislodge the existing operators and instead would strongly appeal to them to look at the positive side both for the tourism industry and the taxi operations by joining hands with the GTDC in the new initiative. It is purely a voluntary exercise for those in need of sustainable business opportunities.”
GOAMILES – he said, had been developed in the interest of local Goenkars, including the taxi owners, drivers and operators whichever size and scale.
MCabral said, “There were lots of apprehensions in the minds of the taxi drivers, operators etc over Ola and Uber applications that is why GTDC has gone way forward in making its own application so that we don’t charge the taxi owners and that they get the entire amount which is charged to the passengers for themselves.”
CRT should not fall prey to the machinations of few unscrupulous taxi operators who had maligned the tourism industry of the state, he said, adding, ‘CRT is free to call me anytime to discuss and clarify issues across the table rather than issuing press statements. We have never shied away from being transparent with any of our initiatives.”
The GTDC strongly backed its local app-based operating agency FROTAMILES created as an SPV as per the requirements of the tendering process.