As planned, more than 15,000 taxi operators in the state along with auto-rickshaws went on strike today demanding a ban on rent-a-cab and many more related businesses. The strike generated massive amount of inconvenience for the tourist in Goa.
Violating Essential Services Management Act (ESMA), two unions i.e. All Goa Taxi Owners Association and South Goa Tourist Taxi Association went on strike, keeping the tourism industry at a halt in the coastal state.
On the top of that, buses were the only medium for a public transport in this coastal state which at present experiencing a huge rush due to summer vacations.
General Secretary of All Goa Taxi Owners’ Association Mr.Vinayak Nanoskar told PTI that, “The strike is successful. Not a single taxi is plying. I do sympathize with the tourists who are facing hardship but we were left with no other option.”
He also put a light on their demands to put a ban on the rent-a-car and rent-a-bike business which has affected their business in this tourist state.
Today’s strike we can say, affected the tourist as they were seen stuck at Dabolim airport, at railway stations and on various bus stands. Hotels managed to offer pick-up and drop service to their guests by arranging the separate buses.
Goa receives large amount of tourist since this is a right time for their arrival to enjoy summer vacation. There is an obvious worry now that, tourists that are come to Goa will take what kind of an image of Goans and Goa for what we call a paradise on earth.
The taxi operators are firm on their demands and have warned that if the state government does not adhere to their demands, the strike would continue for an indefinite period.