Uber and Ola on Friday declared resumption of their services in the financial capital, after a prolonged period of more than two months of break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In separate statements, both the companies stated that riders will be able to access the new features as per the guidelines written down by the Government of Maharashtra for essential travel.
Notably, Mumbai, now one of the biggest global hotspot in terms of coronavirus, contributes 57.37 per cent of the state’s cases and 19.94 per cent of the Centre’s cases.
As per media reports in Business Today, Not only Mumbai but Ola has resumed services in other parts of Maharashtra, including Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Solapur and Amravati. As per Ola, people residing in these cities will be able to book cabs anywhere within the state for their essential travel needs. The release said the firm has introduced five coatings of safety that include strictly abiding by measures that ensure the highest standards of safety and hygiene for every ride.
“This includes compulsory mask usage for driver-partners and passengers, deep sanitisation of cars before and after rides, amongst others. A flexible cancellation policy has also been introduced that allows either the passenger or driver-partner to cancel the ride if they feel the other party is not following the rules or not wearing a mask,” the release stated.
Uber has also commenced inter-state travel in Maharashtra, including Pune. The other states where the company has resumed services are Assam, Chattisgarh, Delhi NCT, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.
Part of other precautionary measures include, fares in tolls and parking charges will be paid directly to the driver in cash. Travellers are not permitted to cross containment zones and need to plan their route accordingly.
India on Friday has reported its highest single-day jump in coronavirus cases in the past 24-hour. As per union health ministry data, India reported 9,851 new cases of coronavirus since Thursday morning. The death counts in the last 24-hour surged to 273.