It’s time to get OLA & UBER to Goa
Yes this one we needed desperately, and it took the guts and minds of a distant living Goan to come again on this subject. The petition on CHANGE.ORG that was started by Mahesh Sardessai a week back to our Chief Minister is gone viral on social media. Change.org, is an online platform where people from all around are starting campaigns, mobilizing supporters and working with decision makers to drive solutions.
The petition started by Sardessai, sincerely requests online transportation network company in Goa, and the petitioner writes genuine reason why Goa desperately needs such service.
Here’s an open letter cum petition on change.org doing rounds on all social media, and why we Goans need to sign and create awareness.
Tourism is the backbone of Goa’s economy and tourists across the world & India are used to services like OLA/UBER, it’s time to allow them to operate in Goa. Besides, Goan taxi drivers never use the taxi meters required by law and charge exorbitant fares for their services. Here are benefits:
Boost to Tourism
Cheaper commuting for all with no return fare
Less cars in crowded cities – easier parking
Shared OLA will reduce traffic congestion
Easy to calculate fare based on GPS – no surprises
Cashless payment with online receipt for every transaction
Taxes paid directly to govt. increasing tax collection
Its upto the driver to find the best route
Gainful employment of sincere drivers
Instant decision to Taxi hire saves time
Don’t have to keep driver waiting/circling in city
Old/young/designated drivers forced to drive have alternative – less accidents
School kids can be dropped/picked up for school/tuition through shared ride system
Automatic GPS based tracking system provides better security
Instant feedback to customer service regarding experience
Immediate and automatic update on driver rating based on feedback
Prompt refunds if applicable
Eco-friendly – reduces pollution – less no. of cars owned
Taxis don’t have to wait at Taxi stand and can be available anywhere
People from outside Goa don’t have to come with their own cars, instead use local taxi – help businesses.
We request that our elected representatives provide improved alternative which encourages innovation and competition instead of our broken taxi system and not to give in to the voice of Taxi drivers looting Tourists and Goans. At least allow online taxi due to LACK of proper public transport system.
The petition has already gained momentum on social media, and its been supported by not only Goans but also foreign tourist who are most affected with the taxi monopoly in Goa. Some years back, Ola did try to make a entry in Goa, but strong and over dominate Goa Taxi Owners association never allowed the service and as a result there was political turmoil within the government. Having said that, the Government always promises the citizen for a better Goa and to go in that steps, maybe this one can be considered.
Lets hope for a better Goa for Goans!
Check the petition here : CHANGE.ORG
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