CM Sawant has urged the Taxi operators to be patient and that issues raised by them will be resolved soon.

CM Sawant did not say what will be done to resolve the taxi issue and listen to the taximen and scrape the app-based taxi GoaMiles.

Goa’s private taxi operators have since last Friday been on strike.

Sawant added Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho is handling the issue and action will be initiated against those taking the law into their hands, referring to the violence.

“The taxi issue is being handled by the transport minister. Action will be taken against anyone who takes law in their own hands,” Sawant said.

Meanwhile, Ports Minister Michael Lobo has been sympathetic towards the strike and has proposed a two-step formula to end the stalemate.

Lobo who met Sawant on Monday and discussed the issue has proposed closure of the GoaMiles counter at the Dabolim airport and compulsory installation of digital fare meters as per the High Court direction on all taxis.

“Half the issue will be resolved if GoaMiles’ airport counter is removed and digital meters are made mandatory,” said Lobo who represents Calangute constituency which is the hub of Goa’s tourism.

Sawant, however, has remained non-committal to Lobo’s suggestion.


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