Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) announced restart of production at its plant in Bidadi from July 20. The announcement comes in the light of the revised directives issued by the Government of Karnataka allowing residents in Bengaluru urban and rural districts to move and commute for industries located inside industrial estates. Operations at the TKM plant have been suspended from the second shift on July 14 in adherence of the initial order. Production can resume from July 20 as many employees had left for their home towns following the announcement of lockdown.

Protecting the health and safety of its people and their families is among TKM’s top priorities. TKM will continue to swiftly navigate the crisis by taking all possible preventive and remedial measures by closely working with various stakeholders including the relevant statutory authorities. Ever since unlock, TKM has been prudent about the number of employees working at the plant in Bidadi. At any given point, only 40% to 45% of the production workforce has been attending work so as to maintain all norms of social distancing. On a daily basis, all employees have to self-declare their health condition, as a reassurance to their safe health. This has been possible due to the resilient internal communication that TKM has been maintaining with all its employees. Similarly, TKM has been relentlessly ensuring that in a situation where an employee tests Covid-19 positive, the company takes adequate measures to quarantine those employees who are suspected to have had primary or secondary contact with the infected employees through appropriate contact tracing. The company also extends all possible support to the infected employees during the period of treatment. Furthermore, a thorough process of disinfecting the workplace on a daily basis is ensured along with special deep cleaning and disinfection of the affected areas. TKM has also modified its medical insurance to include COVID-19 treatment and also increased the coverage for all its employees and their family members so as to extend all possible support to them during this pandemic.

The office staff at TKM’s corporate and regional offices, continue to ‘work from home’ to help mitigate risks. In addition to the safety protocols that are being followed, TKM has initiated the task of providing safety kits containing essential items like sanitizers, 3PLY masks and handwashes to 5,000 employees, their family members and their neighborhoods benefitting over 25,000 families, thereby looking out for the community as well. TKM understands the urgency of the situation and is taking considerate steps in the larger interest of saving lives and security of the society. During these difficult times, TKM is taking obligatory actions to contain further spread and will continue to respond in accordance with guidance issued by the Government and its internal standards.