PANAJI: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that his government will soon launch night bus services in the tourist state for tourists and also for employees working for the third shift.
Sawant lamented that there was no bus service after 8 pm in Goa.
He said teh government is ready to face the losses.
“There is a need to start the bus transport service at night. It is available in other states. Once we start this service, tourists visiting Goa or locals can travel by bus at night. It will even help those joining duties for the third shift,” Sawant said.
Chief Minister Sawant said this will happen once the private buses come on board with the government.
“Process of getting private buses on board was delayed. However, we will give approval during the next cabinet meeting, and they will come on board,” he said.
“To make this service available, we need support from Kadamba and also private buses. We all can give the best services to the people. While making Goa a model state, we should not lack in the transport system. The safety and security of the passengers will also be considered. We are working on these aspects. If we want the tourism industry to grow, we must maintain good relations with all concerned,” Sawant said.
He said that green energy would be brought into circulation so the carbon emissions can be reduced. “People who wish to purchase a two-wheeler or four-wheeler should choose to go for electrical. Fuel stations should set up electrical charging points. We will give this service at government places,” Sawant said.
There will be major changes in the transport system to connect people from villages to cities and industrial areas. There are four major industrial estates in Goa, where thousands of workers work in all three shifts.
Currently, there are around 1460 private buses in the state, while Kadamba Corporation has around 600, including electric buses.