Panaji, Apr 12:  Nearly 15,000 taxi owners and auto-rickshaws in Goa today called off their strike after Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar assured them to take action against illegal rent-a-cab and related businesses. Nearly 15,000 taxi owners and auto-rickshaws were off the roads on second day of the strike today as they demanded ban on rent-a-car and rent-a-bike business which has adversely affected the traditional taxi business in the tourist state. Parsekar, along with Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, held a marathon meeting with the striking unions here and announced that a 11-member committee will discuss and fulfil their demands within three weeks. Also read: Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar advices teachers against taking to streetsAlso Read - 'As a Father of 14-year-old Daughter...', After Facing Flak, Goa CM Clarifies His Controversial Remark on Rape of 2 Minors

“We are calling off the strike as government has assured to solve our demands within a time frame,” General Secretary, All Goa Tourist Taxi Association, Vinayak Nanoskar, said. “The chief minister will chair the committee which will find out the solution for problems of taxi owners. The solution will be worked out within three weeks rather than lingering the issue for months together,” Lobo told PTI. Transport minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar and Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar are part of the committee that will sit at smaller intervals, he said, adding that police and Transport department will immediately crackdown on the illegal rent-a-cab and rent-a-bike business. Also Read - Goa Lockdown Update: Goa Extends Coronavirus Curfew Till THIS DATE | Details

“The number of vehicles illegally plying on rent has increased manifold posing threat to taxi business,” the BJP MLA said. All Goa Tourist Taxi Association and South Goa Tourist Taxi Association had given the strike call yesterday that hit scores of tourists, who were left stranded at the airport, railway stations and several other places. After the meeting, the taxi owners gathered at Azad Maidan and decided to call off their agitation. “We are monitoring the government’s action. If we are ditched we will go on an indefinite strike,” Nanoskar said. Goa Tourism Development Corporation and Kadamba Transport Corporation had pressed into service extra buses to ferry tourists from various hotels and the airport. Also Read - Goa Extends Statewide Curfew Till July 26, With Same Restrictions and Relaxations