CHANDIGARH,19.06.19- Senior citizens and specially abled persons and women in tricity have a special ‘Buddy’ at their beck and call to take care of their daily chores, driving around safely and comfortably.

Variously recognized by government and various Sartaj Lamba, an army officer’s wife, came up with the idea of serving senior citizens, specially-abled persons and women of tricity with Buddy Cabs.

Buddy Cabs employs select retired defense personnel as drivers, and guides to ensure disciplined, courteous and safe driving experience, Sartaj Lamba said.

Beginning with a fleet of five swanky new cars with special facilities onboard, manned by specially trained drivers, or ‘buddies’ who also assist in the hospital OPDs, assisting elderly with their shopping, and giving them opportunity to live independently.

The Buddy drivers have been trained at Fortis Hospital to take care of the elderly and the sick, she informed, besides providing complete safety for the women.

A very flexible tariff plan has been rolled out and one can hire the car on two, four or eight hour basis, and an app will be introduced shortly which can enable the relations to keep tab on the location of the vehicle.

A customized vehicle is being prepared to accommodate the wheelchair bound person to ride the cab without getting down from it.

An ex-armyman, retired Subedar Major Inderpal Singh is incharge of the project, and only ex-servicemen are being recruited for the cabs.

An ISB alumnus, Sartaj Lamba has also been awarded Outstanding Business Woman Award for 2017-18 by Shri Suresh Prabhu Minister of Commerce and Industry last year.

The Buddy cab can be ordered on 77103 14444.

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