Colva: The gram sabha of Colva on Sunday lent their support to local tourist taxi drivers and owners in opposing the state government’s mobile app Goa Miles, who according to the taxi drivers say is causing a lot of problems for them.
A delegation of around 20 tourist taxi drivers from Colva attended the gram sabha and asked the panchayat to write to the authorities in opposing the app and its functioning.
“There are about 140 tourist taxis, rickshaws and tourist buses that operate from Colva but in the last two months since the introduction of the Goa Miles app, it’s been taking away our business and causing problems for us,” said the treasurer for the Colva Tourist Taxi Association Johnny Rodrigues.
He informed the gram sabha members of an incident that occurred last week when 15 cars using Goa Miles app were seen on the side of the road each with two drivers. “Around 20 of our association members went to ask them why they had come there, and they started arguing with us. We had reported the matter to the police who came and dealt with the situation,” he said. Sarpanch Anthony Fernandes responding to the driver’s requests said the panchayat would support them and agreed to write a letter to the department of transport and tourism against the app.
In other issues, the panchayat rejected a proposal sent by Power Minister Nilesh Cabral on the issue of street lights. Gram sabha members held that the minister’s proposal would put a financial burden on the common people and the tourism sector, thus rejecting the proposal.
Discussions were also held on the issue of dry waste collection with the sarpanch informing of a contractor being finalised for the door-to-door and roadside collection of garbage but added that they had to wait till the code of conduct was lifted to begin work.
In the meantime, it was resolved to organise awareness meets to inform people how to deal with garbage they generate.
Gram sabha member Camilson Fernandes also laid emphasis on the panchayat to help in completing the work on the local football ground saying that any tournaments being organised by schools from the village are being forced to have them at Benaulim’s Dando ground.