Major two-wheeler brands Royal Enfield, TVS Motor Company and Hero MotoCorp have made announcements recently with regard to resuming production in the country. Royal Enfield had suspended its manufacturing operations on March 23, 2020, in line with the government’s directives of lockdown at the time, to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
According to the new directives issued by the Indian government on May 1, 2020, with regard to resumption of manufacturing, industrial and commercial business activities, Royal Enfield announced that it will resume operations at its manufacturing facilities. The company’s manufacturing plant at Oragadam, near Chennai, will be the first to begin operations in a staggered manner, with minimal staff over a single shift.
Officials from Royal Enfield state that employees and shop floor staff residing in and around plant locations will be aligned to work in these units so as to avoid long-distance travel and minimise contact during transportation. There will be complete compliance with norms of social distancing and workplace sanitization.
Similarly, TVS Motor Company has commenced its operations in India across all factories in Hosur, Mysuru and Nalagarh. Officials from TVS Motor Company have emphasised that the safety of their employees and community is of paramount importance. A preparedness manual has been designed for employees to ensure complete adherence to necessary safety guidelines to help minimise the spread of the virus.
At all its manufacturing facilities, the company has undertaken measures to ensure a safe workplace for employees with appropriate social distancing and the highest standards of hygiene. Work from Home option also continues for a certain category of people, in adherence to respective state government guidelines.