Uber offered free rides worth Rs. 25 lakhs to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) for transporting healthcare workers and Government officials on COVID-19 related duties through its UberMedic service.

To maintain safety and hygiene standards, while moving what matters, all UberMedic drivers are being trained in safety procedures and being provided with personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, sanitizers and disinfectants to sanitize the cars between rides.

Uber’s offer to support the GCC is part of its global commitment, recently announced by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, to provide 10 million rides and food deliveries free of charge to healthcare workers, seniors, and people in need.

Commenting on the partnership with Uber, G. Prakash, Commissioner, GCC, said: “This is a challenging time when the community must rally together to provide each other with support. In this connection, we are happy that Uber has stepped forward to provide transportation to our frontline health workers while they carry out their important duties in Chennai.”

Sharing details about the association, Prabhjeet Singh, Director, Operations and Head of Cities, Uber India & South Asia, said: “The Greater Chennai Corporation has been working tirelessly to contain the spread of COVID-19 across Chennai. We feel privileged to be supporting them in these challenging times and will help move what matters by leveraging our global experience, technology and network of drivers.”

Uber’s recently launched UberMedic service is already transporting frontline medical workers in 35+ hospitals across 23 Indian cities.