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Ola comes to help citizens in Delhi NCR during heavy rainfall

Ola, India’s most popular mobile app for transportation, supported commuters affected by the heavy rainfall and waterlogging in Delhi NCR; by deploying volunteers and shuttle buses in key affected areas. These volunteers and shuttle buses helped in clearing the traffic congestion, as well as, enabled movement of travellers. More than 100 Ola volunteers were stationed at key traffic junctions and waterlogged areas like Rajiv Chowk, Dhaula Kuan, Mahipalpur, Huda City Centre, Cyber City in Gurgaon, Jasola, Govindpuri, Noida City Centre, etc; supporting the Traffic Police in decongesting roads and channelising traffic movement. Ola also deployed Shuttle buses in some of the badly affected areas to ferry commuters including office goers and students to the nearest metro stations.

These Shuttle rides were voluntary and totally free of cost. Hundreds of people across the region benefited from Ola’s efforts.

Deep Singh, Business Head – North at Ola said, “The heavy rains in Delhi NCR earlier today led to waterlogging and flooding which caused a lot of traffic snarls across Delhi NCR. In our endeavor to enable mobility, more than 100 volunteers from Ola worked in tandem with the Traffic Police in affected areas to channel traffic. We also deployed Ola Shuttles in several areas across the region to ferry people to their nearest metro stations, so they could travel while avoiding the water-logged roads and continuous rainfall. Hundreds of people benefited from the free Ola Shuttle rides today.”

This monsoon season, a number of Indian cities have witnessed heavy rainfall and floods. Ola had recently undertaken similar flood relief initiatives in Allahabad, Varanasi and Guwahati. During the recent floods in Allahabad and Varanasi, Ola deployed boats to help people in affected areas across the two cities in Uttar Pradesh. In Guwahati, Ola had created an on-demand ‘Flood Relief’ category on its app to help Ola users in Guwahati contribute non-perishable food items and clothes. Ola had also sent veterinary doctors from Guwahati to Kaziranga to help Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in its rescue operations. Similarly, in Chennai floods last year, Ola had deployed boats in water logged and partially submerged areas, basis information provided by the Fire and Rescue Department of Tamil Nadu.

About Ola:
Founded in Jan 2011 by IIT Bombay alumni Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola (formerly Olacabs), is India’s most popular mobile app for personal transportation. Ola integrates city transportation for customers and driver partners onto a mobile technology platform ensuring convenient, transparent and quick service fulfillment. Ola is committed to its mission of building mobility for a billion people. Using the Ola mobile app, users across 102 cities can book from over 4,50,000 vehicles across cabs, auto-rickshaws and taxis. Ola has also introduced a range of shared mobility services on its platform like Ola Shuttle and Ola Share for commute and ride-sharing respectively. The app is available on Windows, Android and iOS platforms. Please visit www.olacabs.com and https://www.olacabs.com/media for more information.
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