Ola brings Smart Mobility to Mizoram, Launches in the Capital City of Aizawl
Over 200 driver partners have signed up with Ola in Aizawl
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Kolkata, February 26, 2018: Ola, one of the world’s largest and India’s leading ride-sharing companies, today announced the launch of the company’s best-in-class mobility services alongside its larger transportation technology ecosystem in Aizawl, Mizoram state’s capital city. The move follows the discussion with the Government of Mizoram to establish the need for Ola’s smart mobility solutions in the city to ease traffic congestion and the lack of parking space. In addition to improving infrastructure, Ola’s focus on micro-entrepreneurship has received a positive response from potential driver partners in the city, with over 200 having signed up to the platform already.
With this launch, Ola is strengthening the transportation infrastructure in the city, enabling reliable, affordable, and convenient commute for citizens and tourists alike; notably, enabling convenient commute to and from the airport. Users will benefit from seamless cashless payments via Ola Money and 24X7 access to transportation, giving citizens their first experience of a hassle-free commute experience.
For driver partners, Ola’s foray enables a nurturing entrepreneurial ecosystem that offers technology assistance and brand value. Ola’s strategic partnerships with car manufacturers offer discounts on car purchase and maintenance to driver partners. Ola has also tied up with financial institutions which cover free insurance and loans on reduced interest rates for budding driver entrepreneurs. Ola’s driver partner offering has a proven track record of accelerating entrepreneurship and the company believes the Aizawl market is primed for this change.
Speaking on the development, Vijay Ghadge, VP Operations – Ola said, “We are delighted to further expand Ola’s footprint to the north-eastern part of the country with our launch in Aizawl. Ola’s partnership with the Government of Mizoram extends our commitment towards building mobility for a billion Indians. Apart from providing a smart transportation platform to the people, we also expect to further boost the 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.”
PU Lalsawta, Hon’ble minister for Finance, Government of Mizoram, said “Given the unique terrain, it is our constant endeavor to give 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. Companies like Ola also help boost entrepreneurship by giving people access to a comfortable livelihood that offers consistent earnings. We are certain that bringing India’s most popular transport platform to Aizawl will enhance the mobility experience for citizens and tourists alike.”
The Northeastern states have witnessed a steep rise in tourist footfalls in last few years and holds great promise for the transport and tourism industry. The launch of Ola in Aizawl is the company’s second public-private partnership in the North-East region this year, after Ola signed a MoU with Assam Transportation Department to pilot a river taxi service in Guwahati.
Founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola is one of the world’s largest ride-sharing companies. Ola integrates city transportation for customers and driver-partners onto a mobile technology platform ensuring convenient, transparent, and quick service fulfilment. Ola is focused on leveraging the best of technology and building innovative solutions ground-up that are relevant at global scale. Notably, in 2016, Ola Play the world’s first connected car platform for ride-sharing was launched, transforming commuting experiences and setting the tone for global innovation in this space. Beyond offering a highly personal experience for users during their rides, Ola Play also allows its partners like Microsoft, Apple Music, Sony Liv amongst others, to build a high quality interactive and productive experience for its users. Using the Ola mobile app, users across 110+ cities, can connect with over 1,000,000 driver-partners across cabs, auto-rickshaws, and taxis. Driven by a hyperlocal approach, Ola is committed to its mission of building mobility for a billion people.