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COVID-19 Lockdown: Ola Begins Emergency Services In Bhubaneswar, Cuttack

Bhubaneswar: Indian ridesharing company Ola Cabs started its emergency mobility services to and from hospitals in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack after getting necessary permission from Odisha Transport Department on Sunday.

According to an order issued by the Transport Commissioner, Ola will provide 100 cabs in the Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar for emergency mobility services to the public including doctors, nurses and paramedical staff during the lockdown period, which has been extended till April 30 in the State.

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Based on the order, the Ola cabs have been provided with the special lockdown passes in Bhubaneswar yesterday.

Speaking about the development, one of the cab drivers said, “We are now given permission and passes to provide services to some of our customers during their medical emergency time.”

“Only two persons will be allowed to go in the cab. However, those patients whose conditions are very critical will have to take the help of ambulance,” he added.

When asked about the maintenance of social distancing, another Ola driver said “The administration has asked us to adhere to the social distancing rule.”

As per the order, the vehicles should not carry more than one passenger excluding the driver. In case of patient, attendant of the patient may also be allowed.

The order further said that the vehicles should operate from point to point without any halt en-route to the designated 83 hospitals in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

Ola has been asked to make arrangements for the round-the-clock system in the Police Control Room in consultation with the Commissionerate of Police. An officer from RTO, Bhubaneswar-1 will be deputed to monitor their operation.

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Drivers of the Ola cabs have been directed to submit a daily report about trips conducted with the name, address and mobile number from location to location along with photos and IDs of their passengers.

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