In waterlogged Chennai, Ola deploys boats for stranded

By: | Updated: November 18, 2015 12:32 AM

In a bid to help transport people stranded due to waterlogging in Chennai, online taxi hailing service provider Ola on Tuesday deployed boats in certain affected areas...

In a bid to help transport people stranded due to waterlogging in Chennai, online taxi hailing service provider Ola  on Tuesday deployed boats in certain affected areas, on the basis of information provided by the fire and rescue department of Tamil Nadu.

The boats manned by professional rowers and fishermen, will also be used to provide food and drinking water in specific areas which are reportedly short of basic supplies. Both ferrying services and supplies will be offered free of cost to citizens, Ola said.

Ravi Teja, business head of Tamil Nadu at Ola, said, “Thousands of citizens have been stranded and are suffering due to heavy rains and waterlogging in Chennai. While we are addressing the increased demand for transportation through the Ola app, we are working closely with local stakeholders to help ferry those stranded in waterlogged areas. Boats deployed by Ola will help ferry people to safer areas and distribute essential supplies like food and drinking water in the affected areas.”

Each boat will be manned by two rowers and can ferry between five to nine people in a single attempt. Ola is also providing rain gear to all rowers, which will help them ferry people without hassles. In order to guard customers from rain, Ola has also stocked umbrellas in every boat. Details of the rowers and fishermen were provided to Ola by local firemen and the Chennai Sport Fishing Company. These services are expected to be available over the next three days and might get extended if waterlogging continues in the city. Many employees and drivers of Ola are also coordinating with the fishermen on ground to enable smooth operations.

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