Uber vs Ola Driv­ing Hard at Each Other

The Economic Times - - Special Feature -

On March 23, taxi hail­ing com­pany Uber dragged ri­val ser­vice Ola to the Delhi High Court on charges of ‘false book­ings’. Uber claimed that Ola cre­ated 93,000 false ac­counts to book its cabs and then can­celled all, re­sult­ing in loss of busi­ness and 23,000 driv­ers aban­don­ing its plat­form. Ola had de­nied any wrong­do­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Ola, In­dia’s third most val­ued startup af­ter Flip­kart and Snapdeal, Uber has moved court only to counter a plea filed by it in court on Fe­bru­ary 17 against Uber’s prac­tice of ply­ing diesel ve­hi­cles in Delhi. Only CNG cabs are al­lowed in the city. Uber de­nies run­ning diesel cabs in Delhi. The court will hear Uber’s plea on Septem­ber 14 and Ola’s is on April 18.

The courts cases are the lat­est salvo be­tween the coun­try’s prin­ci­pal taxi hail­ing com­pa­nies against each other in what is turn­ing out to be a bit­ter and pro­tracted bat­tle for dom­i­na­tion of In­dia’s streets. At stake is a mar­ket worth $15 bil­lion.

Uber has a fear­some rep­u­ta­tion of tak­ing on com­peti­tors in ev­ery mar­ket it has en­tered. It is not for noth­ing that it is the most valu­able Amer­i­can com­pany of its gen­er­a­tion. But In­dia could be a dif­fer­ent ball­game.

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