No Plan To Allow Uber, Ola In Goa: Transport Minister

Goa saw more than a million tourists in the 2016-17 tourism season.

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No Plan To Allow Uber, Ola In Goa: Transport Minister

Ola and Uber have established dominance in several Indian cities with aggressive price wars.


Panaji, Goa:  The Goa government does not plan to allow global cab aggregators like Uber and Ola to operate in the state, Transport Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said on Thursday.

Mr Dhavalikar expressed this in a written reply in the assembly to a question asked by Nationalist Congress Party member Churchill Alemao.

BJP leaders including Nilesh Cabral, have been demanding the introduction of cab aggregators like Ola and Uber in Goa.

They have accused a section of drivers in the state of ruining Goa's reputation as they overcharge customers and conduct themselves in an unruly manner.

Ola and Uber have established dominance in the market by employing aggressive price wars that other cab companies couldn't match.

More than 500 million rides have been taken by people in India on Uber cabs in the four year since the ride-hailing company's debut in the country. On Thursday, Uber said it is "winning in India," its largest overseas market.

Uber, which operates in over 650 cities across the world, is unsurprisingly the choice of cab platform among international riders. Riders from 94 countries have used Uber in India, the company said.

For statistical clarity, Uber said 369,003 people from the United States took an Uber ride in India last year.

Uber is currently competing with Ola for the tentpole position in ride-hailing space.

Goa saw more than a million tourists in the 2016-17 tourism season.

(With inputs from IANS)


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