MUMBAI : Responding to the rapidly spreading coronavirus infection in Maharashtra, Tata Motors Ltd (TML) has just announced that it will close down the Pune plants by end Tuesday or March 24.
“We have decided to rapidly scale down activities at Pune site to get to skeletal operations by end Monday, 23 March and be ready for plant closure by end Tuesday March 24th, if the situation warrants. We shall remain in this mode till March 31 and will review it in due course,” the company said in an official statement released on Friday late night.
Calling the ongoing pandemic ‘a complex situation’, Guenter Butschek, managing director and chief executive, TML in the note said, “a large part of our workforce operates in our plants and our engineering research center or ERC – Pune. Their work cannot be done remotely and therefore we have people working on-site in these locations with heightened degree of personal hygiene and safety.”
In the internal memo addressed to the TML employees, the senior executive said that the company continues to closely monitor the situation in all states where it has production plants and offices and will make appropriate decision, if required.
Butschek also urged the employees with travel history to affected countries to practice self-quarantine. “I call upon each one of you to avoid going out to the extent possible,” he said requesting employees to impose social distancing. He also encouraged the TML employees to participate in the Janta curfew on March 22 from 7am to 9pm as suggested by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.