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Tourist taxis Strike Today on – 11th April Monday

Nearly 13,000 Taxi’s in Goa will stay off the roads on Monday as over 3,000 taxi owners/operators have announced an agitation demanding a ban on rent-a-car and related businesses that affect them.

Vice president of north Goa Taxi Operators’ Association Ravindra Vengurlekar told The Hindu on Saturday that both, north Goa and south Goa associations of taxi owners/operators have joined hands for this protest.

Mr. Vengurlekar said government machinery is not functioning to regulate and control the rent-a-car business mushrooming by killing the business of the taxi operators.

The protest will begin at 8 am in the morning and will culminate into a public meeting in the city’s Azad Maidan at 3 pm on Monday.

 “The taxi owners are forced to act this way because the state government has miserably failed to look into our demands. The government has left us with no other option than to show the strength on the streets.
Not a single taxi will ply on Monday (April 11),” Vinayak Nanoskar, General Secretary, All Goa Taxi Owners’ Association said. “This is required to make government understand our importance in the tourism trade,” he added. There are in all 13,000 taxi operators who are affiliated to both these organisations.
“No taxi will be available at the airport, railway station or hotels. Even all the taxi stands across the state will be closed. We have also appealed passenger rickshaws to join us and they have agreed. It’s a do or die situation for us,” Nanoskar said. The association said due to the strike taxi counters at all the star hotels would be closed.
“We regret the inconvenience caused to the tourists but we can’t help,” he added. Nanoskar warned that if the government does not fulfil their demands, the taxi owners will strike indefinitely crippling the tourism trade.

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