Ola cabs, India’s leading commutech startup is doing something heartening to help the community. In the wake of the tragic flyover collapse accident in the city that has killed over 10 people and has left many hundreds injured and stranded, Ola has offered to help in its own capacity. The company is offering free rides to people commuting on the affected routes.
If you need a ride to or from Girish Park #Kolkata today, your Ola ride will be free. pic.twitter.com/wPtoDuiYGx
— Ola (@Olacabs) March 31, 2016
The company which had an activity scheduled for the India Vs West Indies T20 World Cup match on social media has called it off to pay homage to the victims of the accident. Other than free rides, the company has removed peak pricing on all routes and also increased the number of rides in the city.
Uber Kolkata too has followed suit.
Due to the Girish Park tragedy, dynamic pricing is off. Our driver-partners are in the area to help get you home safe. #KeepKolkataMoving
— Uber Kolkata (@Uber_Kolkata) March 31, 2016
This is not the first time Ola has come out to help out during time of distress. During the Chennai floods last year, the company had deployed boats to help rescue the stranded citizens, other than offering free rides and helping with transport of goods. A bunch of other Indian startups had followed, each chipping in to help in their own ways, proving that billion dollar startups do give back to the community they thrive on.