The Ministry of Home Affairs issued new guidelines for the extended lockdown period until May 3. According to rule, government, private industries, and industrial establishments functioning in rural areas, outside the municipal corporations and municipalities are allowed to operate from April 20.
However, the country’s major carmakers like Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda are yet to resume production at the factories stating the shortage of spare parts and auto components, which is necessary in order to restart operations. It has been nearly a month since the manufacturers’ stopped production and the factories were shut due to the Coronavirus Outbreak. The production units of major auto component companies, as well as their sales outlets, also remain closed.
Maruti Suzuki India’s Chairman, RC Bhargava spoke to PTI about the challenge the company is facing at the moment, he said “The availability of components is one of the major requirements for restarting the factories and the company management is looking into it. I guess it will take few days to see how and when can we start operations,”
Maruti is working towards restarting operations in two of its plants present in the state of Haryana. The Manesar plant is located outside the Municipal corporation limit while the Gurgaon plant comes under the city limits. Both the plants have remained closed since March 22 and have a capacity of rolling out 15.5 lakh cars per year.
With the given circumstances, it looks like it will take a few weeks or even a month for the automakers to resume full-scale production.
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