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Hail an Ola in Mizoram now

Ola, an app-based ride-sharing company, has launched its operations in Mizoram.

By Henry L. Khojol in Aizawl
  • Published 27.02.18
An Ola cab in Aizawl. Picture by Henry L. Khojol

Aizawl: Ola, an app-based ride-sharing company, has launched its operations in Mizoram.

State finance minister Lalsawta had flagged off taxis registered under Ola from Mizo High School field at Zarkawthere on Friday but the official launch of the cab service was announced by the cab-hailing company on Monday.

The company said the move followed a discussion with the state government to establish Ola's smart mobility solution in the city to ease traffic congestion and address problems such as lack of parking space. Ola cabs will operate within Aizawl and from the city to Lengpui airport.

Ola claims to have signed over 200 people as potential drivers in Mizoram's capital.

Launching the cab service, Lalsawta the launch of Ola cab service was a milestone towards making Aizawla smart city. "Given the unique terrain, it is our constant endeavour to give the residents of Aizawl a reliable and strong transport infrastructure. To achieve this, it is important to invest in a sustainable transport infrastructure that reduces congestion and offers a hassle-free experience. Ola's expertise in city transport and technology will drive us towards this goal," he said.

Lalsawta said the move would help boost entrepreneurship and help enhance the mobility experience for citizens, including tourists. He asked the drivers to be honest and polite to customers, saying that such qualities would help Ola successfully carry out its operations.

Vice-president of operations, Ola, Vijay Ghadge, said: "We are delighted to expand Ola's footprint to the Northeast with our launch in Aizawl. Ola's partnership with the Mizoram government extends our commitment towards building mobility for a billion Indians." He said apart from providing a smart transportation platform to the people, the cab company expects to boost entrepreneurship opportunities for driver partners in the city and beyond. "With the Mizoram government's vision to make the state a major tourism destination, we see great potential to launch Ola's services in Aizawl," he said.

Users are expected to benefit from a seamless cashless payment via "Ola money" and 24x7 access to transportation, giving citizens a hassle-free commute experience.

The launch of Ola here is the second public-private partnership in the Northeast. Earlier this year, the company had signed an MoU with the Assam transportation department to pilot river taxi service in the state.