On 21 March, as India began shutting down to combat the deadly Covid-19, Ola and Uber, the country’s two largest ride-hailing companies, paused their ride-share services to help slow the spread of the virus. 

That was just the beginning. Within the next couple of days, the entire gamut of services offered by ride-hailing companies—from cabs, and autos to two-wheelers; short rides and day rentals to out-of-city rides—were all stopped.