Bengaluru: Corporators from all the 198 wards in the city and BBMP employees have decided to donate their day's salary to the flood-affected in Kodagu and Kerala.
Mayor Sampath Raj said that through this initiative, the civic body put together Rs 3.28 crore. Of this, Rs 2.28 crore will go to Kodagu and Rs 1 crore to Kerala.
Also, all the corporators will hit the streets of their wards and collect relief materials which will be sent to the flood-affected victims of Kodagu.
Cab aggregators do their bit
Cab aggregators Ola and Uber have stepped forward to help the flood-affected in Kerala. Users of Ola, while booking cabs, saw the message, 'Help Kerala flood victims', and a click on the link led them to contribution details.
The message on Ola app, which explained how the donations help, read, "Rs 5 will be added on every ride (Non-Corporate) as a contribution to the CM's distress Relief Fund."
It said that the donors can claim 80G certificate for tax exemption by replying to Ola mail with the details.
Uber too stated that it will make equal contribution of what is being made by the user to the cause. "I tried booking cab to head to office when I saw the message on Uber app that it will contribute the same amount I do for the cause of Kerala,” said a user.
Taxi owners send 6 tonnes of material
Members of the Bangalore Tourist Taxi Owners Association (BTTOA), Bruhat Bangalore Hoteliers’ Association and other transport groups collectively managed to dispatch 450 rice bags, 100 bags of atta, sugar, toordal, pickles, tea powder, water bottles, biscuit packets, cooking oil, bread, parota and others. Several sets of clothes for men and women were also part of the consignments.
BTTOA president Radhakrishna Holla said, “On Friday, we sent relief material to Wayanad and on Saturday night, we are sending 6 tonnes of relief material to Kushalnagar where the regional representatives of the taxi and hotel association will receive and coordinate with the government officials and distribute it to the needy."...