On Wednesday Cab aggregator Ola said that would drive people with disabilities to the polling booths in Karnataka for free, in association with the Election authorities. The cab service would ferry persons with disability for free from their residence to the polling booth and back in Bengaluru, Mangaluru and Mysuru on Thursday.
This initiative is being carried out in partnership with the office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka, Mangalore Zilla Panchayat, the Bengaluru District Electoral officer and the Commissioner of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) along with the District Electoral Officer and Commissioner of Mysore Corporation.
As part of this free service, Ola assigned 270 cabs to the Election Commission and they will be made available to ferry PWD voters to polling booths.
“We are committed to increasing the participation of Persons with Disabilities in the General Elections to Lok Sabha this year and are keen to facilitate their constitutional right to vote. 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 in a statement.
Ola has set up helpline numbers – 9071464553 / 7624915133 to assist the PWD voters and address any issues that arise.
It is worth mention here that 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.