Ride-hailing companies Uber and Ola have suspended operations in New Delhi till March 31 to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Ola has also restricted ride options across the country.
The companies said the suspension of their services in India’s capital was in compliance with the local state government’s lockdown order that went into effect earlier Monday.
“In compliance with the government guidelines, we are temporarily suspending all Uber services in your city. This means that Uber rides services will not be available until further notice,” Uber said.
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Ola said it is also restricting rides across the country but would offer a “minimal network of vehicles to support essential services”.
The company said it will “continue to encourage citizens to limit travel only for essential emergency needs” as per the Government’s instructions.
According to estimates, more than 150,000 Uber and Ola cabs operate around the capital region, which includes adjacent cities Gurgaon (Gurugram) and Noida.
New Delhi has ordered a city-wide lockdown till the end of the month. No public transportation, including operation of private buses, taxis, autorickshaws and e-rickshaws will be allowed.
The restrictions come as the number of coronavirus cases in India has risen above 400, with eight deaths.
Earlier this month, Uber and Lyft suspended some of their rides in the US.