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Sawant claims taxi issue in Goa has been resolved

10th August 2019, 02:58 Hrs

the goan I network

MAPUSA

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said the taxi issue has been resolved and it was now left for the Goan taxi owners to either join GoaMiles or be on their own.  

“I feel taxi issue has been resolved. We have not forced anyone to join GoaMiles. Those who are willing can join them. It’s important to have competitive business,” Sawant said.  

He said ultimately the service should benefit the tourists and the locals who use taxi service in the State.  

Addressing the media on the last day of the Assembly session, the chief minister thanked the journalists for the cooperation by highlighting relevant issues during the 20-day session.  

Terming the budget session as successful, he said he received good support from ministers and the opposition MLAs and therefore could be able to amend quite a few of the bills tabled in the House  

He, however, said he was not in favour of the congratulatory motion moved in his favour which according to him was waste of two hours.  

“Time is very important. I feel maximum time of the House should be used to discuss on development, finance and amendment to bills brought in the House,” Sawant said.  

He said the incessant rains and the consequent floods affected mainly Pernem, Bicholim and Bardez talukas in North Goa.   

“We do not know what the exact amount of loss yet. I will be sitting with the officials today (Friday) evening to review the situation,” he said.  

“Water level has come down. Water in Sal has gone down. Level of Chapora River has also gone down. Water from Tillari has also been reduced. Two gates at Tillari are still open but the flow has been reduced,” he added.   

He complimented the disaster management team and officials of the other departments who have been working tirelessly to alleviate the 

problems of the affected people.  

He also thanked his colleague, Waste Management Minister, Michael Lobo for donating to CM’s relief fund and urged other people to come forward and contribute to the fund.   

The CM said people have to verify news before forwarding them.   

“All Goans should remain alert over fake news. People should stay away from circulating such news,” he said.