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What is ONDC, the cheaper alternative of Swiggy and Zomato



ONDC, a new network backed by the Indian government, is being used by people to order food online. The prices are lower than that of Zomato and Swiggy.

In Short

  • People are using ONDC to order food at cheaper prices.
  • The bill amount is cheaper than Swiggy and Zomato.
  • ONDC is an open-source network backed by the government of India.

By Divyanshi Sharma: There is no doubt that India has one of the best food delivery services available for its users. Within the comfort of our homes, we get to enjoy our favourite food from restaurants within a couple of minutes. Until now, the food delivery tech space was dominated by Zomato and Swiggy. The two platforms remain neck-to-neck in competition and offer competitive offers for users. However, a new network, backed by the Indian government, is emerging and people are using it to order food at cheaper costs. Say hello to ONDC (Open Network for Digital Commerce), that lets restaurants sell food directly to consumers, without the need of a third party app like Zomato and Swiggy.

ONDC has been around since September 2022 but is now gaining popularity. As per reports, it has recently surpassed the 10,000 daily order mark and is being more widely used by people. Over the last couple of days, a lot of people have posted screenshots in which they are comparing the food delivery prices offered by ONDC, Swiggy and Zomato. And ONDC costs relatively cheaper.

If you haven’t yet heard about the network, and want to experience it, read on. We will tell you all about the network backed by the Indian government and how to access it.

What is ONDC

As already stated earlier, the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) is backed by the Government of India and allows restaurants to sell their food directly to consumers. Moreover, it also delivers groceries, home décor, cleaning essentials, etc. Much like Swiggy’s Instamart, Zepto, and Blinkit. Additionally, ONDC is an open network for all kinds of businesses. Be it Electronics, Fashion, Beauty etc, different kinds of businesses can be a part of the network and sell their services to consumers.

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