Ola Cabs flood relief activities have turned out to be a great relief for people in Delhi NCR. Ola helped commuters affected by the recently hit heavy rainfall and waterlogging in Delhi NCR. The app-based mobile transportation company helped the citizens by deploying volunteers and shuttle buses in key areas, which are badly affected by rains.
The volunteers and buses provided great relief for students and office goers since they helped in clearing the traffic congestion. Moreover, it also enabled free movement of travelers. As many as 100 Ola volunteers were deployed at key traffic junctions and waterlogged areas such as Rajiv Chowk, Dhaula Kuan, Mahipalpur, Huda City Centre, Cyber City in Gurgaon, Jasola, Govindpuri, and Noida City Centre.
The volunteers also helped the Traffic Police in decongesting roads and channelizing traffic movement. Meanwhile, Ola also deployed shuttle buses in worst affected areas to transport office-goers and students to the nearest metro stations free of cost.
Commenting on the development, Deep Singh, Business Head – North at Ola disclosed that the heavy rains in Delhi NCR had led to waterlogging and flooding, which caused severe traffic snarls across Delhi NCR. Even the visiting US Secretary of State was not spared since he had to wait for over an hour on the congested roads.
Ola flood relief – More than 100 volunteers in action
To enable mobility, more than 100 volunteers from Ola worked in tandem with the Traffic Police in affected areas to channel traffic, said Singh. The company also deployed Ola Shuttles in various areas across the region to transport people to nearest metro stations. This enabled them to travel easily while avoiding the water-logged roads and continuous rainfall.
Ola flood relief in Allahabad, Varanasi, and Guwahati
In the past, Ola had undertaken similar flood relief initiatives in Allahabad, Varanasi, and Guwahati. During the recent floods in Allahabad and Varanasi, Ola had deployed boats to enable people to travel freely in affected areas across the two cities in Uttar Pradesh.
Meanwhile, in Guwahati Ola had created an on-demand “Flood Relief” category on its mobile app. This is to enable people from the city to contribute non-perishable food items and clothes. The app-based cab company also shipped veterinary doctors from Guwahati to Kaziranga to help Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in its rescue operations.
Ola flood relief in Chennai
In December 2015, Ola had deployed boats in various water-logged areas in Chennai. The company also rescued people who are left stranded in partially submerged areas based on the information provided by the Fire and Rescue Department of Tamil Nadu.