After the violent protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Uttar Pradesh government had stopped internet services in more than 25 cities. Thousands of delivery buys from Ola-Uber taxi service to online food delivery companies- Swiggy, Zomato, Uber Eats have been lying idle in all cities like the Lucknow, Kanpur, Meerut due to the mobile Internet services that has been closed since last Thursday.
Not only this, even the monthly returns of GST could not be submitted by the traders. Due to the absence of card swiping at the shops, the business has come down and digital transactions are stagnant. Business organizations in UP said that since the Internet services are shutdown the turnover of Rs 2000 crore has been affected so far. On Tuesday, mobile Internet services were started for some time in the morning, but once again after the intervention of the state government it was closed till 8 pm on Wednesday, 25 December.
In the city alone 8500 vehicles run under Ola and Uber taxi services. For the last five days, only few of the vehicles are seen on the streets. The booking for this two services are done through the mobile apps which are of no use without the internet services. Around 6000 bikers were providing their services through the Ola and Uber are just sitting vacant since the internet facilities are shutdown. To curb rumors mobile internet has been shut down. On this the traders said that in this era of mobile apps business are largely dependent on this.
Although protests are being held all over India against the Citizenship Amendment Act. But after Delhi, most people in Uttar Pradesh came out on the way demanding the withdrawal of this Act. So, the government gave peace to the state. Internet service has been discontinued to set the atmosphere and protect people from rumors. But now the net service is expected to be restored in the state soon.