Automobile companies in India are helping out in whatever way possible to tackle this crisis.
Many automakers are lending their hand to the Government by manufacturing ventilators, donating crores of rupees, contributing medical equipments, introducing hospitals. Below are some of automakers who have donated for Coronavirus conflict in India.
Maruti Suzuki has agreed with AgVa Healthcare, manufacturer of medical equipments, for producing up to 10,000 ventilators per month. These services will be provided free of cost to AgVa Healthcare while Tata Trusts has donated Rs. 500 crores to protect affected communities from the COVID-19 outbreak. Ratan Tata, chairman, Tata Trusts has pledged to provide personal protective equipment, respiratory systems and testing kits and setting up modular treatment facilities for patients.
Mercedes-Benz has offered to set up a 1500 bed hospital in Chakan, near Pune. Even the employees working with the automaker will be contributing their one day’s salary to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Skoda-Volkswagen are setting up a Coronavirus facility with 1100 beds at the Sassoon General Hospital in Pune. It has pledged Rs. 1 crore for facilities at the hospital including medical consumables and critical care equipment. They also will be donating over 35,000 sanitisers to hospitals in Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad.
Mahindra has also started manufacturing ventilators. The resorts owned by Club Mahindra will be used as temporary care facilities. Anand Mahindra will be donating 100 percent of his salary. Japanese automaker, Honda will be donating Rs. 11 crores and supplying 2000 units of high pressure backpacks. These powerful, light weight sprayers will be used with disinfectants at hospitals, railway stations, etc.
Hyundai Motor India Foundation has set forth an immediate order of Advanced Diagnostic Testing Kits from South Korea. This can help serve over 25,000 people. The company will also undertake initiatives such as contribution towards PM CARES Fund and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund. Hyundai will also join hands with local manufacturers for the production of ventilators.
MG Motor has pledged to donate Rs. 2 crore to battle the Coronavirus pandemic. It will be donating Rs. 1 crore directly to Government hospitals and medical institutions. Meanwhile, employees working in MG will be giving another Rs. 1 crore as well.
The Bajaj group has guaranteed Rs. 100 crores for the upgradation of healthcare foundations and for providing food and shelter in rural areas. TVS Motor Company plans to allocate Rs. 30 crores towards manufacturing masks and providing food to labourers who work on daily basis.
Indian Automakers’ Contributions
– Automakers are helping out in every way possible
– Some companies have started manufacturing ventilators and PPE
– Few automakers are helping out monetarily and with building of hospitals