Uber, Ola's operations start outside the red zone

Bangalore: applications and Uber have started their operations in green and orange zones on Monday. Operations in top cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai, which remain under, remain limited to medical and emergency services. While Ola has started its service in 100 cities, Uber said it is operational in over 25 cities.

The two companies have also filed a series of safety notifications, such as allowing only two passengers in each cabin, encouraging digital payments, and requiring the use of masks for both passengers and drivers. Ola said all her drivers will be authenticated with a selfie before each trip if they wear a mask and the air conditioning will remain off. Right now there is more supply of vehicles as demand remains low, said an executive from one of these companies.

Two-wheeler rental companies like Bounce and Vogo have also partnered with companies for long-term rental for employees, as public transportation remains closed. The Rapido bike taxi startup is also focusing on delivering the essentials as travel demand remains low.