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Uber and Ola duel over nationalist views

02 Jul 2016 | By Sneha Johny
Uber and Ola duel over nationalist views

Ride hailing start-ups Uber and Ola saw their involvement in fierce rivalry take on nationalist undertones, with both filing affidavits with the Karnataka High Court over who is more involved in nation building.

Ola's COO alleged that Uber has been running vehicles with white number plates, not abiding by regulations.

Uber retorted stating that it is innovating to serve the transport needs across cities.

In context: Uber and Ola duel over nationalist views

Market share for Uber and Ola

Valued at about $63 billion, the international ride-hailing startup Uber operates across 27 cities in the country. Ola, with a valuation of around $5 billion, clocks operation in 102 cities. Bangalore serves as one of the top three markets for both the companies.

Setbacks over the yearsSetbacks for Uber, Ola across the years

The ride-hailing apps have seen numerous setback after its launch across India.

Uber and Ola saw the Karnataka government recently fix an upper cap-limit for its surge pricing, with Delhi threatening to take a similar stand, forcing the companies to stop surge pricing across both states.

With the Karnataka government's tough stand on bike taxis, the companies withdrew the services across the state.

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Analysts' take on the increasing pitch for competition

"Ola is eager to show that it has complied with all the rules while Uber has not. It is trying to get into the good books of regulators while highlighting the fact that it is local and Uber is foreign." - Anupam Mathur, Analyst, Takshashila Institution