Panaji, Aug 7: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar along with Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar launched Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s app-based taxi service, called GoaMiles in Panaji. Also Read - Manohar Parrikar's Son Tests Corona Positive, Hospitalised

GoaMiles has been made keeping in mind both the commuters as well as taxi-drivers. While it would ensure that commuters aren’t cheated, it would make sure that it increases the driver’s earnings at least three times more. Tourism Minister Ajgaonkar  said that the app-based taxi service would also ensure transparency in fares for commuters. Also Read - Govt Renames Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses as Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

Congratulating the people of Goa during the app launch, Parrikar said, “Goa can now take tourists for miles through the new app-based taxi service which will be affordable and give travellers a comfortable journey from the time they arrive till they leave. I congratulate Goa Tourism for launching this initiative and wish them a huge success.” Also Read - Year-Ender 2019: Country's Political Bigwigs Who Left us in The Year Gone by

Although the state government said that the app-based taxi-service would be beneficial to the drivers, the latter protested saying the government had not informed them before launching the service. The taxi-drivers protested at the Dabolim airport and challenged the launch of the customer counter for the service there. Commenting on the launch of the app, United Taximen Association President Sanjay Naik said, “Running a taxi counter at the airport in the garb of an app-based service is illegal and we will oppose it.”

The police later asked the protesters to move from the site.

Other dignitaries present at the launch of GoaMiles were- Chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), Nilesh Cabral, Chief Secretary of Goa,  Dharmendra Sharma, Secretary for Tourism, Sheo Pratap Singh and Menino D’Souza, Director of Department of Tourism.