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Zomato CEO complains about Swiggy delivering post 8 pm in Mumbai, Police clarifies

By Priyanka Verma 
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In a post on Twitter on Wednesday, Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal took a dig at their competitor Swiggy for delivering orders after 8pm in Mumbai amid the coronavirus pandemic. Deepinder Goyal, in his now-viral post, attached a screenshot from food delivery platform Swiggy’s application and tagged Mumbai Police, asking for a clarification.

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In order to contain the spread of the deadly virus, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had announced a curfew in the state starting Wednesday 8pm, except for essential services, on Tuesday.

“Zomato is prepared to provide the essential food delivery service post 8pm in Mumbai, but we are not doing so because we are abiding by the letter of the law. I see our competition is continuing to operate post 8pm. I urge @MumbaiPolice to please clarify the way forward here,” Deepinder Goyal said in his post.

Mumbai Police took note of Deepinder Goyal’s tweet and responded, urging him to “kindly read the government notification.”

“Kindly read the Govt Notification. It says that Home Delivery is allowed but there is no time limit specified,” Mumbai Police said in response to Deepinder Goyal’s tweet.

Elated, Deepinder Goyal thanked Mumbai Police for their response.

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Soon after, Deepinder Goyal also shared an order from Additional Municipal Commissioner Ashwini Bhide, who had posted a copy of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai’s order clarifying about food deliveries. The order said, “All online home deliveries of food and essential supplies (e-commerce) through all online service providers like Zomato, Swiggy etc are allowed 24 hours on all days of the week.”

The Zomato founder, thereafter, apologised to Swiggy.

“Thank you. Mumbai, we are on tomorrow. We have received the notice at 9:54pm. @swiggy_in – I am sorry, had no other choice. I love you,” he said.

Maharashtra has been witnessing an average 60,000 Covid cases daily since the past fortnight. Beds in almost all government and private hospitals are full. Unless a medical emergency, Uddhav Thackeray reiterated that people across the state must not step out of their homes till April 30.

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Shops selling essential commodities will be allowed to open between 7am and 8pm. Other shops, hotels, bars, restaurants, malls, cinema halls, spas and gymnasiums will remain completely closed.

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