STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Uber offers free transport service to medics of 11 hospitals in West Bengal

The company said it has partnered with the West Bengal government to offer the service, coined UberMedic, and it will deploy 70 cars for the purpose.

Published: 06th May 2020 10:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th May 2020 10:33 PM   |  A+A-

Uber

Uber

By PTI

KOLKATA: App cab aggregator Uber on Wednesday said it will provide free rides to healthcare workers of 11 hospitals in Kolkata and Howrah to help fight the Covid-19 outbreak.

The company said it has partnered with the West Bengal government to offer the service, coined UberMedic, and it will deploy 70 cars for the purpose.

The hospitals will get dedicated support by UberMedic, which will be launched in a day or two.

Besides healthcare workers, the cars will also transport non-COVID patients, the app cab aggregator said in a statement.

All UberMedic cars are being fitted with roof-to-floor plastic walls to enclose the driver, thereby limiting contact with riders.

All drivers are also being trained in safety protocols and provided with masks, gloves, sanitizer, and disinfectants to sanitize cars between rides.

The ID&BG Hospital, Medical College & Hospital, Nil Ratan Sarkar Medical College & Hospital, R G KAR Medical College & Hospital are among the facilities to be covered by the service, the statement said.

Uber said it will provide free service worth Rs 75 lakh but did not explain how it will compute the fare in terms of the value of the rides.

It is expected that the company will calculate fares without any surge for the purpose.

UberMedic is already transporting frontline medical workers in over 35 hospitals across 23 cities of the country.

The offer is part of Uber's global commitment by Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, to offer 10 million free rides during the trying time across the world.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp