Chandigarh, Sep 28 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said his government was firm on introducing app-based taxi services in the coastal state.
“I want to assure you that in a few days app-based taxis will be available,” Sawant told reporters in Chandigarh.
Two months ago, Goa Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho said the state government was firm on introducing app-based taxi services and would not bow to pressure from the private taxi lobby who opposed it.
Private taxi operators have opposed app-based taxi services, saying it would destabilize their business.
On private taxi operators opposed to app-based taxi services, Sawant said, “In a few days, the taxi problem will be solved and you will get app-based taxi in Goa.” Responding to a question about the mysterious death of Haryana BJP leader Sonali Phogat in Goa last month, Sawant said: “At the request of his family, we handed over the investigation to the CBI.” “Any assistance that CBI may require from the Goa Police will be given. A CBI team has already traveled to Goa and is carrying out an investigation in the state,” he said.
With Phogat’s family earlier expressing their displeasure with the state police’s initial investigation, Sawant said, “The Goa police have conducted the investigation in a very good manner.” “All evidence collected has been handed over to the CBI,” he said.
Responding to another question on the drug problem, he said: “Our anti-narcotics cell is doing a good job. Under my tenure, several raids have been carried out and many have been arrested. The police forces are even watching during night parties and clubs.” Asked about the tourism sector, he said Goa was doing a lot of work, especially in infrastructure development.
“We want Goa to become the tourism capital of the country… Besides sun, sand and sea, we promote spiritual and wellness tourism,” Sawant said.
The Chief Minister of Goa was addressing a press conference here. He traveled to Ambala in Haryana to meet Charanjeet Kaur, 84, whose husband Karnail Singh Benipal was killed at Patradevi in Goa in 1955 while fighting for the liberation of the coastal state from the Portuguese.
Goa, which was granted statehood in 1987, was liberated from Portuguese rule on December 19, 1961. PTI SUN SMN SMN