Popular cab aggregators Ola and Uber have announced that they would not resort to surge pricing during the implementation of Odd-Even scheme in Delhi. The Odd-Even scheme which is a popular step of the Delhi government to stop vehicular pollution would come into effect from Monday (that is 4th November).
Ola in a statement yesterday cleared that they would extend there support to the Delhi government’s move. The statement from the side of cab aggregator read, “Continuing our efforts to provide commuters an optimum and seamless experience, we will have no peak pricing on rides booked on the Ola platform during the odd-even period. We encourage all driver-partners, passengers, and citizens to participate and make the third edition of the scheme, a success”.
Uber had already announced its withdrawal from the surge pricing practice during the implementation of the scheme. A statement issued by Uber last month said that the company wants to do its bit in ensuring that movement goes un-hindered in the city during the time the scheme is in effect. The statement further said that extending wholehearted support to the Delhi government Uber has decided to deactivate dynamic pricing for the duration.
Delhi which is under the grip of “sever” pollution is trying hard to pull things back to normal. The CM of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal compared the situation of Delhi to “gas chamber” yesterday. The pollution control board has declared a public health emergency in Delhi and nearby regions taking into consideration the severity of the pollution in the city.
The government of Delhi has issued an advisory asking the autorickshaws and e-rickshaws drivers to avoid over-charging from commuters during the period. Odd-even scheme would remain in effect for a 12 day period from November 4th to Movember 12th.