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Civic bodies are increasingly offering residents services such as booking event tickets, hiring taxis and scouting for house helps and cooks, entering territory that has so far been the reserve of internet start-ups such as UrbanClap, Quikr and Housejoy. Among the first to do so was Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, which launched mobile app Aajiveeka last year. The application, an initiative of the civic body’s urban community development department, helps people book services of qualified and verified professionals, including house helps, sports coaches and plumbers. “Big cities have a good number of migrants coming from all across the country. In Ahmedabad alone, 30% of the population is non-Gujarati,” said Ahmedabad municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar. “We saw such people witnessing huge difficulty in finding local services, so we decided to create a platform for both service providers and consumers.”

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