To allow swift access to 'Bondhu' (Friend), a citizen-safety mobile app of the city police, the Uber has announced a partnership with Kolkata Police on Monday. According to a press release issued by Uber, the Bondhu app helps users to connect directly to the Kolkata Police's control room in case of an emergency.
"With this partnership, Bondhu will now be accessible to all riders and driver partners of Uber in Kolkata," it said. Since the inception of the app around 40,000 people have downloaded the Bondhu app.
"Bondhu app has been an integral technological innovation in providing instant help to our citizens in distress across the city. We have now streamlined the process of providing safety via Bondhu app which makes it easier for our citizens rather than key in the control room number," additional commissioner(I) of Kolkata Police Vineet Goyal said.
"The integration of the Bondhu App is a big step towards further strengthening the safety net available to our riders and drivers," said Uber's general manager at Kolkata, Arpit Mundra.
In the first phase of the partnership, the Uber will develop a permanent in-app access for Bondhu, including a link to download it from the app store. And the second phase will allow users to directly access the Bondhu app from within the Uber app.
The third and final phase will involve an Application Programme Interface (API) integration between both the apps, the release said.