The ride-hailing company Ola will now help users with oxygen concentrators. Ola app users will soon be able to request for free oxygen concentrators by providing a few basic details. Once the details are validated, Ola will deliver the oxygen concentrator on the doorstep of the users for free. Ola Foundation has partnered with Give India to provide free oxygen concentrators to those in need through the Ola Mobile app.
Ola will not charge users for the concentrator or its transportation and will take it back from the users once they feel better and no longer require it. The service will start rolling out in Bangalore next week and will expand across India in the coming weeks.
Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder of Ola on Twitter wrote, “We must come together and help our communities during these unprecedented times. Today we’re announcing the O2forIndia initiative in partnership with @GiveIndia to provide free and easy access to oxygen concentrators to those in need. @foundation_ola #O2forIndia.”
He further noted that Ola app users can request for concentrators on Ola app. Once their request is validated, Ola will deliver the concentrator to the user’s doorstep and pick it back when users don’t need it. The concentrator and transportation will be free of cost. “Begins in Bangalore this week & will expand across India in coming weeks. We hope this initiative brings much-needed support during these very difficult times and helps in mitigating the pain and the anxiety among those impacted,” he wrote.
Ola will roll out the service with an initial set of 500 oxygen concentrators in Bangalore. Ola and GiveIndia are said to scale up the number across the country with up to 10,000 units of concentrators in the coming weeks.Ola also covered the COVID-19 vaccination cost for all employees and dependents, as the world continues its fight against the pandemic.
Ride-hailing and bike-taxi companies like Uber and Rapido have also come forth to assist and help its users in the pandemic. Uber and Rapido offer free rides to eligible users to and from the vaccination centres. Uber users can add promo code 10M21V in the wallet section of their Uber app. Once users enter the code, the Promo will be added to their ride.
Uber has kept the value that each free ride will be a maximum of Rs 150 and a rider is entitled to a maximum of two free rides, to and from the vaccination centre. The final amount that will be displayed on the app will include the discount. Rapido users who are above 45 years of age can avail themselves of the free rides if they get the vaccines from eligible hospitals. The offer will be auto-applied on Rapido Auto ride once the commuter chooses the designated hospitals as their destination and for pickups from these hospitals in Delhi NCR.
Source: India Today