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Hon’ble CM Manohar Parrikar launches GTDC’s Taxi App ‘GOAMILES’

Author: Vicky Karantzavelou / Date: Tue, 08/07/2018 - 09:47
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GOAMILES will provide the convenience of booking a taxi immediately upon arrival in the state at reasonable, government approved rates.

Panjim - Goa’s first and exclusive mobile app based taxi service GOAMILES has been launched by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Mr. Manohar Parrikar at the Secretariat Complex, Porvorim today.

Present at the launch were Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar; Hon’ble Chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), Mr. Nilesh Cabral; Chief Secretary of Goa, Mr. Dharmendra Sharma; Secretary for Tourism, Mr. Sheo Pratap Singh, Mr. Menino D’Souza, Director, Dept. of Tourism along with other dignitaries. The launch of GOAMILES will bring about a revolutionary change in travel in and around Goa for both tourists and locals and provide benefits to taxi drivers serving under the new initiative. GOAMILES will provide the convenience of booking a taxi immediately upon arrival in the state at reasonable, government approved rates. The GOAMILES app can be downloaded from Google Play Store and Apple Store.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Parrikar said, “Goa can now take tourists for miles through the new app based taxi service which will be affordable and give travelers 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.”

Adding to this, Mr. Ajgaonkar stated, “ The launch of the app  based taxi service in Goa will bring  a revolutionary  change  in the transportation  system for  all stakeholders including  taxi drivers, tourists and  locals. I am confident that tourist taxi drivers across Goa will join this digital system so that Goa does not lag behind other states where such systems are working successfully.”

Talking about the advantages of this initiative, Mr. Cabral opined, “We have launched a public information campaign to reach out to one million people in Goa to create awareness about GOAMILES. We are anticipating a huge response from the general public who will download and use the app for tourism purposes and daily commute as well. This app based taxi service aims to boost the digital economy, enable ease of travel for tourists and give taxi drivers better income. This initiative offers not only a brand new customer experience, but also makes taxi fare payment easy and secure.” He further explained that the app is one of the most quickest and convenient systems being implemented for the first time making Goan taxi drivers partners in the digital system while giving amazing customer experience to tourists.

GOAMILES is managed by a local Goan company called FROTAMILES Pvt. Limited  created as an  SPV as per  the requirements  of the tendering process. This SPV is a subsidiary of the parent  company PITASYS Software Pvt. Ltd. who were the successful bidders for GTDC’s app based taxi service. PITASYS Software Pvt. Ltd. is in the transport automation business for the last 7 years and has expertise in transport sector domains like mass transportation, fleet/taxi aggregation  and  employee transportation. Currently its registered  passenger user base is more than 60,000.

With the launch of the new app based taxi service, tourists will find GOAMILES to be very convenient and  time saving as it would enable them to book, monitor and pay all through a single mobile app.

Tracking would also be made easy as passengers would be able to track the location of the ride in real time as well as past and current bookings. Emphasis has been given on safety, as driver and vehicle details are shared with the passengers before boarding. There is also an in-built "PANIC" button in the app to ensure that the safety of passengers isn’t compromised.

GOAMILES has made sure that this service also benefits the taxi drivers equally by not charging anything from their revenues, as against the popular trend elsewhere in India & world over. Taxi drivers will receive payment on a daily basis. The same mobile app can also be used for tax and insurance purposes and finding business nearest to the diver’s location thereby ensuring that every driver earns.  Income report would be generated in the app itself. There will also be an equal distribution of business amongst local Goan drivers and they can earn more by serving more which will motivate them to work.

Do’s & Don’ts are set up for drivers which will be monitored by GTDC through random checks and balances physically & digitally. Reports to reprimand the defaulters would help in ensuring and maintaining high level of customer satisfaction.

Book a cab in just a few taps. Here’s how it works:

  • Set your pickup location (E.g. Home, Office, Airport, Railway station, current location, etc.)
  • Set your Drop Location (E.g. Home, Office, Airport, Railway station, to be dropped) etc
  • See all available cabs/taxis near your location being displayed on the map
  • Multiple ways to pay: Pay in cash or via multiple cashless options online like Debit card, Credit card, BHIM, UPI
  • Pick the type of vehicle you want & tap ‘CONFIRM’
  • You will be able to see the type of vehicle along with the rates for your easy selection and opt for the one best suited for you
  • Get instant confirmation with trip details like Driver name, Vehicle number, Type of Vehicle. The OTP to be given to the driver in the app itself
  • Track your cab in real time with Arrival time and Drop time when you give the OTP to your driver
  • Invoices history can be seen immediately in “MY RIDES” after you finish your trip & previous trips would be stored below the current one
  • Know Fares & Ride features: Check fares & various features of a ride category before booking
  • Share: Share the ride details with your near & dear ones

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vicky Karantzavelou

Co-Founder & Chief Editor

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.