Getting a cab in Goa can be a stressful experience owing to the dearth of options. Addressing this issue, the state’s Tourism Department has launched the Goa Taxi App to offer easy commute for both — locals and visitors.
The announcement came on September 15 and aims to elevate the travel experience within the state. It also gives Goan taxi drivers a chance to increase their revenue within Goa and offers them a price advantage, according to a press release by the Tourism Department of Goa.
Hassle-free 24×7 booking and other features offered by the Goa Taxi App
The app allows users to book a cab anytime during the day or night. These cabs promise to provide a cost-effective way for visitors to travel within the state, especially when compared to hired cars or bikes for self-driving, according to the release.
Additionally, customers can rate their driver, report instances of inappropriate behaviour, request assistance through the call centre and use the emergency SOS feature in case of a catastrophe, malfunction or threat to security (especially female travellers), states an ANI report.
Speaking at the app’s launch, Goa’s Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said, “Over the last four years, it has been our goal to develop innovative technology in various sectors in order to increase the ease of living and happiness index of both tourists and residents in Goa. We’ve had a positive response for the last six months, and today we’re launching the Goa Taxi App.”
The minister added that this cab booking portal is free of cost and focuses on quality over quantity. “It [the app] would also assist in decreasing accidents and keeping women safe while travelling,” the minister added. Talking about the pricing, the Goa CM said, “We’ll use prices approved by the Director of Transportation.”
Goa Taxi App’s services have been running through a counter at the Manohar International Airport (MOPA) for the last six months, and results have been favourable. The minister said that over 500 vehicles have served approximately 30,000 tourists through the app so far, and the government “will ensure that it’s offered not only in coastal belts but also near industrial estates to encourage carpooling and other initiatives.”
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