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06 Feb 2018

Ola to launch river taxis in Guwahati

Guwahati to soon have Ola boats

Ola boats may soon be a reality.

The homegrown app-based cab aggregator has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Assam government to launch a river taxi service in the state capital, Guwahati.

The deal was signed by state transport-commerce minister Chandra Mohan Patowary and Ola's operations vice president Vijay Ghadge in Guwahati during Global Investors Summit: Advantage Assam.

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Guwahati to soon have Ola boats
Machine-operated boats to drastically reduce commute time

The river taxis

Machine-operated boats to drastically reduce commute time

Essentially machine-operated boats, Ola's river taxis are expected to cut down the current commute time of 45 minutes (by road) to 2-5 minutes in water.

Ola's pilot project of high-speed taxis will operate on the Lachit Ghat, Machkhowa and the north Guwahati route.

Aiming to strengthen the city's local transportation infrastructure, Ola will also take advance bookings and cashless payments.

The need

Commuters will now have greater convenience, choice and comfort

Ola first started with its cab-hailing services in Assam in December 2014. With this new partnership, the Assam government is hopeful that Ola's entry in the river transportation sector will provide commuters greater choice and comfort.

Meanwhile, Ola said the latest move furthers its intent to stand out as a convenient, safe and reliable mode of transportation.

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