Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL) will temporarily stop operations at both its manufacturing plants located in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh and Tapukara in Rajasthan from 23rd March till 31st March 2020 because of the spread of coronavirus, the company stated.
“HCIL associates working in corporate offices, including zonal and regional locations for all functions will mainly work from home, except for those involved in running essential services that need physical presence or minimal staffing for a few important activities, while abiding by the government directions.”
The company’s leadership is carefully reviewing the situation to take decision regarding the next course of action. It plans to resume production on 1st April 2020, which will be dependent upon directions from Government officials and civil administration, along with market and supply conditions, it stated.
“In these trying times, health, safety, and well-being of our associates, their families, and the community at large is of utmost importance. Social distancing is the need of the hour. We can overcome the pandemic if we collectively show restraint, resolution, and responsibility,” said Gaku Nakanishi, President and CEO of Honda Cars India.
The two-wheeler subsidiary, Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India are also following the same path. In a press statement on Sunday, they announced temporary shutdown of its operations throughout all its four manufacturing plants with immediate effect until next notice. The duration of this shut down will also depend upon the Government policy.
All Honda dealerships throughout India have also been asked to follow the mandatory protocol while interacting with consumers for prevention of the virus spread, the company stated.
The dealerships having public interface are encouraged to adhere to social etiquette like social distancing, basic hygiene required to be practiced to fight and control the spread of coronavirus.
About 425 people in India have been confirmed as being infected with the coronavirus. The virus has killed 8 people in the country.