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Uber Finds Passage to India Blocked by 30-Year-Old Ola Founder

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Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder of the ride-hailing service Ola, is in a pitched battle with Uber Technologies Inc. for domination of India’s streets. But late last year, the streets of Chennai disappeared as monsoon rains flooded miles of the southeastern port city. 

Aggarwal quickly commandeered scores of boats from wherever he could find them. He helped with government rescue efforts, picking up passengers in fishing trawlers, canoes and inflatable rafts. The stranded cheered his ingenuity and contribution to the recovery.