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Maruti Suzuki resumes operations at Manesar plant on single shift basis

Operations at both Manesar and Gurugram facilities were suspended since March 22.

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon |
Updated: May 14, 2020 8:52:20 am
Biggest Indian carmaker sees personal vehicles making a comeback, Maruti Suzuki sees personal vehicles making a comeback, Maruti Suzuki India Chairman RC Bhargava, auto sector news, business news india, indian express business news Customers look inside a Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. XL6 multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) at the company’s showroom in the Ambattur district of Chennai, India, on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. (Image source: Bloomberg)

Production resumed at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant on Tuesday, with officials saying around 2,500 people returned to work on the first day.

“Today was the first day of production, and the number of personnel is expected to increase further from tomorrow. Preparations have also begun to resume production at the company’s plant in Gurgaon,” said an official from the company.

While the company received permission from the district administration to resume production earlier this month, officials said it took “about a week” to prepare and also inform workers.

Officials said that “special arrangements” have been made by the management to enable close monitoring of the entire unit and ensure social distancing is maintained right from when workers enter the unit and until their shift ends.
“Earlier there were four workers to a table, now there is only one. This is also being followed during lunch and tea breaks. In addition, the direction in which the workers are seated will also be different to prevent spread of the infection,” said an official.

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Officials also said a “specially constructed sanitisation tunnel” has been installed at the company gate, through which all workers have to pass while entering and exiting the plant.

Apart from making gloves and masks mandatory, body temperatures of workers are also being checked using a thermoscanner at the time of their arrival and departure at the plant.

“An application called Maruti Suzuki Wellness Mitra was also developed and used to collect data regarding the location of workers, their health-related information, and any personal problems they may be facing… The company is helping them with their issues,” said an official.

With Gurgaon placed in the Orange zone, the district enjoyed several relaxations in lockdown norms at the start of the month. Along with Maruti Suzuki, over 1,330 other industrial establishments, employing over 1 lakh people, have also been granted permission to resume work.

Officials expect that, with big industrial units like Maruti resuming work, the smaller units associated with these will also start production, leading to “re-employment” for those working in them.

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