Monday 9 March 2020

Goa Special Ferry 454.54% price hike: protest letters to Chief Minister, River Navigation Minister

Date: March 09, 2020

The Chief Minister,
Government of Goa
Porvorim, Goa

The Minister for River Navigation,
Government of Goa
Porvorim, Goa

Subject: Protest against Special Ferry Price Hike notification


It has come to our attention through notice pasted on Vanxim ferry that River and Navigation department has hiked fare of Special Ferry service from Rs.55/- to Rs.250/-: 454.54% hike on all routes in Goa. We write to express our strong protests as that will adversely affect the public navigating over rivers using Government Ferry service.We would like to remind you that Special Ferry service system was started after an incident in the decade of 1990s wherein Ferry at Vanxim refused to ply at mid-night (00.30 hours) in emergency situation of taking sick person for medical assistance. Late Ligorio F. Silveira brought this issue to the attention of then Captain of Ports and Special Ferry Service system was stared to cater to all needs of plying beyond regular hours.

You are therefore requested to roll back your proposal to hike the special ferry costs and keep it at current rate of Rs.55/-.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely,
Maggie Silveira
President, Goa State