In Goa, taxi strike had meager impact on tourist movement

 Friday, April 9, 2021 


On Thursday in the Calangute-Candolim tourism hub, the day-to-day commotion of taxis moving around transporting tourists was missing due to the strike declared by the Goa Taxi Drivers Association. Several taxi drivers had joined in the ‘dharna’ at Panaji. Nevertheless, many taxis were seen operating as well. Taxis were seen plying even in South Goa’s coastal belt.

This strike had very meager effect on the movement of tourists with resorts arranging buses and other vehicles to carry tourists to and from the airport as well as the railway stations of the region. Also, tourists were seen moving with rental bikes and cars.

Ravindra Vengurlekar, the North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association vice-president, has explained that they are not supporting the strike due to opinion differences with leaders of other unions.

“They don’t understand us, and we don’t understand them. Now there’s an election coming so the opposition will support them,” he told TOI. Vengurlekar stated that in the morning, numerous taxis were plying in Calangute-Candolim, but stopped later to keep away from trouble. “Taxi owners were afraid to take the risk,” he said.

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