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US Uber says it is on an investment mode in India
Published :Monday, 6 June, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 14

NEW DELHI, June 5: Close on the heels of a USD 3.5 billion fund raise, cab aggregator Uber said it is on an "investment mode" in the country and will continue to spend on bringing in more customised offerings.
The company, which counts India as its third biggest market after the US and China, said it saw 26 times growth in the country in 2015 compared to the previous year. "We are on investment mode in India. Every country is different and you have to customise in every market, even as the technology back bone remains the same.
We have customised the app to work on low network conditions, we introduced cash payment here, which was a global first," Uber India President Amit Jain told PTI. He further said India is a strategic market and it remains bullish on the country, where it has grown exponentially over the last two years.
In July last year, Uber had announced an investment of USD 1 billion (nearly Rs 6,652 crore) in India to expand its services here. It has also set up a response and support centre in Hyderabad with an investment of USD 50 million.
It has also started leasing cars to driver partners, an addition to its balance sheet, as it looks to attract more driver partners to its platform in the country.
Jain did not comment if Uber has exhausted the earlier earmarked sum. Earlier this week, Uber had raised USD 3.5-billion (nearly Rs 23,284 crore) funding from Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund.
Jain said a "substantial portion" of the fresh funding would come to India. "With this investment, we have more than USD 11 billion in our global war chest to invest in our product and markets to grow and compete," Jain said.     ?PTI










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