- Ola and Uber announced on Monday that they will start operations in green and orange zones throughout India.
- Uber will offer rides in green areas such as Daman, Kochi, Guwahati, and more places while, among others, offering rides in orange areas such as Amritsar, Udaipur, Mohali, and Gurugram.
Despite government lightening restrictions in designated areas around the country from May 4, Ola and Uber announced on Monday that they will start operations in green and orange zones throughout India.
Uber will offer rides in green areas such as Daman, Kochi, Guwahati, and more places while, among others, offering rides in orange areas such as Amritsar, Udaipur, Mohali, and Gurugram.
“If you have to fly, from Monday, May 4, Uber will be ready to serve residents in these areas. Riders will be continuously updated via our app with more details and the status of different cities,” the company said in a statement. No more than two passengers per vehicle are recommended.
Uber will continue to provide Uber Critical and Uber Medic services in red zones which it has received during the ongoing lockdown.
Likewise, Ola now resumes services in more than 100 cities across India, based in green and orange areas. The operations will be launched over these cities in a phased manner.
Both drives must be driven only through the designated safe zones and a compulsory self-authentication system has been placed in place before and after each ride to ensure that each driver-partner adheres to the safety rules.
Also, after each ride, all cars will be cleaned and sanitized, and a flexible cancelation policy has also been implemented which allows both the customer and the driver-partner to cancel the ride if they feel the other party is not following the rules or wearing a mask.
“Our battle against COVID-19 is a joint effort, and it will only be possible for our driver-partners and customers to do their bit to ensure that everyone has access to safe and high-quality mobility,” said Anand Subramanian, Speaker and Communications Head, Ola.
People residing in the red zone — the area most affected by the coronavirus outbreak — will continue to be deprived of the expanded services offered by the aforementioned firms, the firms said. In India, 130 districts are numbered purple.
Some activities such as air, rail, and subway travel remain prohibited across the country — regardless of the region. Further closed are schools and universities, restaurants, shopping centers, movie theaters.