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App-based cab company Ola raises $400 million

App-based taxi aggregator Ola on Thursday said it has raised $400 million (about Rs 2,500 crore) for doubling its operations to 200 cities and increasing its cab base.

The latest round of funding was led by DST Global with participation from GIC, Falcon Edge Capital as
well as existing investors SoftBank Group, Tiger Global, Steadview Capital and Accel Partners US.
So far Ola has raised close to $800 million. Market watchers said the latest funding round gives the Mumbai-based firm enough fire power to take on its closest rival Uber, as firms are battling it out to retain drivers through high commissions and soft loan offers as well as keep enough cash in hand to sustain its momentum.

On the expansion plans, Ola Co-founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said: “We are going to invest in business expansion like doubling our city reach from 100 to 200 by year-end. Also we will scale up our engineering team by hiring over 1,000 professionals by September.” The firm’s engineering team, at present, has a strength of 500.
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