Ola Resumes Its Operations in Karnataka as Govt Lifts Ban

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A Karnataka-wide ban on Ola parent company ANI Technologies was lifted after just over a day into the suspension. Karnataka’s minister for Social Welfare, Priyank Kharge, took to Twitter to announce that the ban on the home-grown ride-hailing company, has been lifted. Kharge also said that the government needs to update its policies to accommodate new innovations.

Ola was stopped from running cab operations in the state of Karnataka for allegedly violating the license conditions for running bike taxis and also violating government rules. On March 22, the Regional Transport Office suspended the license given to Ani Technologies and said that the company will not be able to run its aggregator service for any vehicles including cars, autos and bikes for the next six months. The suspension order was issued to bike-taxi sharing Rapido as well.

Ola is yet to to issue an official confirmation regarding lifting of the ban till the time of publication of this report.

While the suspension came into effect on Friday, Ola users in Bengaluru told Inc42 that they were able to book cabs on Saturday and there was no disruption in services.

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