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Vikash Sharma

Rourkela: Known for its witty remarks on social media, the Indian restaurant aggregator and food delivery start-up, Zomato has now taken up a new task in Odisha. The company’s delivery riders on Sunday hit the streets in Rourkela to repair roads.

Holding necessary tools, the delivery riders were seen repairing the roads in the city. When asked, a delivery rider said that the initiative was undertaken to ensure that 20 to 30 per cent of the city roads gets repaired.

“Despite necessary documents, our riders are being fined under the new Motor Vehicles Act. We want that all roads should be first repaired and then only penalties should be collected under the MV Act,” said a delivery rider.

According to the delivery boys, most of its customers complain that the riders are not able to deliver food within 40 to 45 minutes. "As the customers are cancelling orders and the penalty is paid by the company and us, we decided to repair the roads that are creating problems," said a delivery boy.

“Repairing of the potholes on roads will help us deliver food to the customers on time. It will also benefit hundreds of commuters,” said another delivery boy.

Though the Rourkela municipality officials could not be contacted over the allegations of bad road conditions in the city, locals have lauded the efforts of the delivery boys.


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