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NDMC to launch all women taxi service in Delhi from next month

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The New Delhi Municipal Corporation is planning to launch an all women Cab service in the city under its authority in view of, the increasing number of crimes against women in taking place in public transport facilities. The cab services to be run exclusively by women drivers will be named Shakti (power), reported The Indian Express.

NDMC had planned to commence the cab service with a fleet of 20 taxis on the International Women’s day on March 8, however, it got postponed. “We have approached the Transport department to launch the project. While around 100 taxis are needed for launching such a service, we do not have enough funds at present to ply so many cabs. So we have sought the Transport department’s permission to begin a pilot project with 20 vehicles,” said NDMC chairperson Jalaj Shrivastav.

This step has been taken as an initiative in view of the gang rape of a 25 year old working professional working in Gurgaon by her taxi driver. “Whether it was the December 16 gang rape or the Uber rape case, providing safe transport lies at the heart of stopping such crimes,” a transport official said.

NDMC has approached Maruti Suzuki for procurement of cabs.  The women drivers will be recruited from the technical institute run by NDMC  and ”the tariffs are likely to be in sync with Delhi Transport Department rates, however, the council will take a call on this”, Srivastava said.

Women drivers will be employed to run vehicles ferrying school children. Since children are easy target of such sexual crimes. The project is all set to be launched next month and is surely a welcoming step for ensuring women’s safety.

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Ola Revealed Its Plans to Enter European Market From Next Month

Ola said it has obtained licences to operate in South Wales and Greater Manchester, and will launch operations in South Wales within the next month.

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After foraying into the international market with a drive into Australia earlier this year, Indian ride-hailing major Ola on Tuesday revealed its plans to enter the European market by starting operations in Britain within the next month.

Ola said it has obtained licences to operate in South Wales and Greater Manchester, and will launch operations in South Wales within the next month.

The company said it plans to expand the UK operations nationwide by the end of this year.

Ola cabs to enter european market. Flickr
Ola cabs to enter european market. Flickr

“Ola is excited to announce its plans for the UK, one of the world’s most evolved transportation markets,” Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO of Ola, said in a statement.

“We look forward to our continued engagement with policymakers and regulators as we expand across the country and build a company embedded in the UK,” Aggarwal said.

Founded in 2011, Ola has been competing against Uber in the ride-hailing market.

Ola’s entry into Britain follows its successful launch in Australia in February 2018, where it now operates in seven major cities.

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Over 40,000 drivers across Australia have registered since its launch in February and have completed millions of rides, Ola said, adding that it now conducts one billion rides each year globally, with more than 1 million driver partners and 125 million customers in over 110 cities. (IANS)

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