Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), the parent of the brand BharatBenz, announced on Thursday that the company has restarted operations on its plant. The company said that it has planned to resume operations in a phased manner.
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In a statement, Satyakam Arya, Managing Director and CEO, DICV, said, “Being part of the Daimler global network allowed us to see the implications of COVID-19 well before the lockdown was announced here in India. We immediately initiated a Crisis Management Team (CMT) to steer us safely through this difficult situation.”
The CMT consists of representatives from across the organisation and holds virtual meetings with DICV’s top executives on a daily basis, the company said.
The statement further said that the team has been responsible for conducting many safety and sanitation drives to prepare for the resumption of operation in its plant, from a mass cleaning of the Oragadam plant, spanning over 400 acres, to renovating the infrastructure and facilities to incorporate social distancing protocols.
“The CMT has also taken charge of tracking the health and safety of the company’s over 4,000 employees, plus overseeing the company’s extensive CSR contributions,” he further added.
DICV plans to ease into operation with only essential employees present on the plant to begin with. The company hopes to operate on the full capacity of its workforce as soon as the lockdown gets lifted.
According to Arya, “DICV’s number one priority is health and safety of our stakeholders, from our employees and customers to our dealers and suppliers.”.
Commenting on the relaxations being granted during the third phase of the lockdown, the company said, “Dealerships across the country have already begun to reopen as local restrictions ease, ensuring BharatBenz customers have access to the free service and warranty extensions the company began offering at the start of the crisis.”