The Delhi government has imposed a comprehensive blockade on the city from March 23 to March 31 to prevent and control a coronavirus pandemic. The ride-hailing software Uber and Ola revealed that it is suspending operations in Delhi’s NCR due to the blockade announced by the state government. The two companies revealed that their taxis will not be available in the country until March 31.
The Delhi government has imposed a comprehensive blockade on the city from March 23 to March 31 to prevent and control a coronavirus pandemic. According to the regulations of the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR), the Indian capital has reported 29 confirmed cases.
“Uber complies with all directives related to central and state government services to curb the spread of coronavirus. We are communicating the status of specific cities with riders through our app,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement. The spokesperson also revealed that negotiations are underway with state and local authorities to minimize or suspend operations in different cities. The spokesperson further revealed that consumers will have to check the app to see if the service is in their city Available.
Moving on, Ola also suspended operations at Delhi’s NCR. “Ola will continue to encourage citizens to restrict travel only on basic emergency needs as directed by the government. As part of the country’s national efforts to reduce COVID-19 infection, we will enable minimal vehicle networks to support basic services.” Ola Cabs spokesman Said in a statement.
In addition, Delhi Metro Corporation (DMRC) revealed that it will shut down subway train services until March 31. Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) revealed that only 25% of DTC buses will appear on the road.
The government has revealed that private buses, taxis, autonomous rickshaws, etc. must not be allowed during the embargo period. In addition, the government also announced that all stores, commercial premises, factories, workshops, offices, weekly markets, etc. will be closed, and only basic services will be exempted.