In relative terms, it’s been a good week for a few businesses
With manufacturing getting the green signal basis zone, and a multitude of other parameters, companies are resuming production under strict protocol. BMW Group India has gotten on with local production at its Chennai plant. The need for social distancing remains mandatory.
Resumption of operations is being done in accordance with guidelines issued by local authorities, and health, safety and sanitization measures have been implemented. To begin with, while operations resume, things will be done with less than 50 percent of the regular workforce.
This is the need of the hour keeping in mind the requirement of only calling on those who’re absolutely essential to a process. Other employees whose deliverables can be made from home will continue to do so.
For now, production gets underway with a single shift operation. As the pandemic situation is a matter of daily development, and government advisories being adjusted as per current situation, staff deployment will be steadied as the situation dictates.
As is necessary now, BMW Chennai plant has implemented precautionary measures to ensure a safe working environment. Measures involved Layout remodelling so social distancing can be maintained at all times. Employees are being provided with personal protection equipment (PPE), and will undergo daily health check-ups. To maintain distance as required, staggered lunch schedules are in place, and pre-packed meals are being served. All this within the confines of the highest sanitization measures.
BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad dealerships will begin operations in accordance with local government directives and advisories when the time is right. In the meantime, the company has ensured online booking for vehicles is operational with a commitment to deliver new cars when dealerships are mandated to open shop.
The luxury auto manufacturer has already introduced special after sales service for doctors using a BMW or MINI car, or a BMW Motorrad bike. Dealer partners are offering complementary engine oil service to said personnel. BMW Group India is committed to various CSR initiatives and is providing critical care equipment and services for medical facilities in Delhi NCR, and Chennai.
Doctors owning vehicles with engine oil service due as per Condition Based Service (CBS) are eligible to avail the complimentary service within 90 days post lockdown period. BMW or MINI Service Inclusive package or warranty extension holders can avail of free sanitisation of the car.