In an exclusive phone interview with ILoveQatar.Net last Monday, Mowasalat's Public Relations and Media Executive Assad A. Khalil said that the reports being spread online regarding the alleged Karwa water taxis and buses taking passengers soon from the Hamad International Airport to Losail City are a hoax.
"There is no truth to this claim. I don't actually know where they got the information from. And if we have something big like this, you will know it first from us, not from anyone else," he explained.
The speculations of having a Mowasalat-branded water transportation started circulating nearly 5 years ago when a forum was posted online chronicling Mowasalat's efforts to make the water taxis possible.
The top comment in the online forum says: "Water taxis could be built locally for Mowasalat. The transport company intends to supply water taxis to Qatar. They have the cutting edge technology at our newly built state-of the-art facility to manufacture water taxis and water vessels in a wide range of size and speed."
The comments which followed the social media post were massive with the public's views regarding the 'development' polarized. While some people are questioning Mowasalat's reliability to spearhead such advanced attempt, a number of netizens just can't contain their excitement for the project.
Mr. Assad also expressed his dismay on the prevalent spread of fake news on social media. "We need to be mindful with the information that we're reading everyday, especially online. Media nowadays is becoming more unfiltered as ever making it easier to post almost everything resulting to the unfair dissemination of unreliable news."
He also promised to keep the Qatar public posted with the latest developments regarding the country's top transport provider. When asked about what's next for Mowasalat, Mr. Assad happily disclosed that they're eyeing to reach a record number of 7,000 Karwa taxis by year 2020 from 4,200 taxis in 2016.
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