Uber Essentials, for which approvals are being sought from state governments, will be extended to other cities early this week once approved, said Pradeep Parameswaran, President of Uber India, and South Asia.
“Uber Essentials is for people who want to get out of their homes and move about — patients who need to go to the hospital for dialysis, individuals who need to go to somebody else’s house for caregiving, or people who need to get out of their houses to buy essential goods,” Parameswaran told ET.
In Nashik, the drivers and cars under this service have state-approved passes and are permitted to transport two people at a time, according to the Uber app.
“We are working on that with regulatory authorities to make sure that we are only supporting travel that is absolutely required,” he added.
Uber and rival Ola have temporarily suspended services across cities, complying with government directives to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Uber’s move to open up Uber Essentials comes just days after the company forged several partnerships with health bodies under UberMedic and private companies under Uber Delivers initiaive to move healthcare workers and essential items in its cars, as public transport became unavailable and last-mile…