The first day of the implementation of the odd-even policy, which took roughly half of Delhi’s cars off the road, gave a boost to the city’s cab operators with Uber and Ola reporting a surge in the number of cabs operational Friday when compared to other days.
Uber, which started a carpooling initiative on December 16, said carpooling has been helping the company deal with increased customer demand which it had anticipated during the next 15-days.
“Apart from demands for carpooling in our own cabs, people have been offering their cars for the initiative,” said Uber spokesperson Ruchika Tomar.
She also said the demand for both regular cabs as well as the pooling initiative has been high on the first day of the year.
This is expected to increase Monday when offices reopen in the New Year, she added.
With 60,000, vehicles registered to ply in Delhi-NCR, Ola Cabs in a statement released Friday evening said they expect the demand to be high and were “committed to building mobility”.
The company has claimed to have started services such as ‘Carpool’, ‘Ola Share’, and ‘Shuttle’ to facilitate commuters. However, the phone app currently shows only the shuttle service icon.