Auto industry steps forward to offer help and relief amid COVID-19 crisis

Auto industry steps forward to offer help and relief amid COVID-19 crisis
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As India grapples with oxygen supplies, the Indian auto industry has offered help and relief package amid the COVID-19 crisis in the country.

Hyundai Motors

Hyundai Motors has announced Rs 20 crore Covid-19 relief package through its philanthropic arm Hyundai Motor India Foundation (HMIF). The amount will help in improving infrastructure in some of the worst affected states, such as Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.

Maruti Suzuki

Maruti Suzuki has also announced that it will close its factories in Haryana to produce oxygen and increase production in this difficult time.

Hyundai said it will use its resources to help build oxygen generating plants in hospitals. Furthermore, it said the aim is to help critical patients and hospitals become self-sufficient in oxygen. In addition, the foundation will also support the installation of medical facilities. It will also provide support staff to COVID hospitals. As a result, it will continue to cater to their operational costs for the next three months.

SS Kim, Managing Director and CEO at Hyundai Motor India Foundation, said, “The second wave of this COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an unprecedented crisis for the nation…To offer meaningful assistance to the most affected cities and states, Hyundai has redeployed its resources and channelled efforts that will provide relief during these difficult circumstances. We are organising resources on a war footing and hope to help in abating this crisis”.

“In times of despair, we often lose hope amidst the chaos, but it is also times such as these that bring out the best of humanity within us all,” he added.

Furthermore, Hyundai said the relief efforts will meet the needs emerging from the current crisis. It said the measures aim to help the people in need. They will also help infrastructure cope with the COVID-19 pandemic in India.

“To ensure timely assistance is delivered to highly affected cities and states the company is evaluating all options to expedite the deployment of these resources on a war footing,” the statement noted.

Tata Group

The parent company of Tata Motors imported 24 cryogenic containers for the transport of liquid oxygen. Tata Steel unit (TISC.NS) increased the oxygen supply.

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