Chennai, Nov 17: Taxi operator Ola has deployed boats along with professional rowers to rescue people in the waterlogged areas to safer places.
"Ola deployed boats in waterlogged and partially submerged areas on the basis of information from the Fire and Rescue department", Ola said in a statement.
The boats were manned by professional rowers and also fishermen to rescue people and to provide food and drinking water free-of-cost.
The boats are equipped with two rowers, sufficient umbrellas and can ferry between five to nine people in a trip.
"While we are addressing the increased demand for transportation in city, we are working closely with local stakeholders to help ferry those stranded in water-logged areas.", Ola, Business Head (Tamil Nadu), Ravi Teja said.
The boat service would be available for next three days and will be extended if water-logging continues, it added.
HAHAHAHA From jokes to reality. Ola boats are *actually* rescuing people in Chennai! Well done, @olacabs! :D— You ignored, but I (@ImSandeshJain) November 17, 2015
Ola is out-Ubering Uber in India pic.twitter.com/8pMw9em9co— Jon Russell (@jonrussell) November 17, 2015