Bengaluru: Ola on Wednesday (April 17) said that it would provide free rides to persons with disabilities (PWD) to the polling booths in association with the election authorities in a bid to increase voter participation in the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka.
Ola said it has partnered with the office of the Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer and others, including the civic bodies in various cities in this regard. “As a part of the free service, Ola has assigned 270 cabs to the election commission which will be made available to ferry PWD voters to polling booths,” a release said on Wednesday.
Karnataka is having a two-phase Lok Sabha polls with 14 of the 28 seats going for polling Thursday (April 18). The second phase will be on April 23. This free ride facility would be across Bengaluru, Mysuru, and Mangaluru on April 18 and Ballari, Hubali-Dharwad, Gulbarga and Belgaum on April 23, the release said.
“We are grateful to Ola and appreciate their efforts in enabling seamless transportation so that every citizen can go out and vote,” Surya Sen AV, Joint Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka, said.
Ola regional head (South) Vishnu Bommareddy said availability of convenient transport options had resulted in positive voter turnout in recent past and the company would continue to back initiatives that support the constitutional machinery of the country.
“We are glad to partner with the local authorities and facilitate hassle-free mobility for every voter in Bengaluru,” he added.
Ola has set up helpline numbers 9071464553/7624915133 to assist the PWD voters and address any issues that arise, the release added.