Earlier manufacturers like Volkswagen
had expressed their inability to house, in accordance with the central government guidelines, even part 5,000-6,000 workers and their vendors on the factory premises or nearly hostels.
The Maharashtra government has made it clear that workers cannot be moved from hotspots to factories and no worker can come to the factory walking or on a two-wheeler, though managers can use a car or a two-wheeler with police permission.
Another restriction many manufacturers say will delay the re-opening of plants is that the local police have to give permission for the movements of the buses as well as employees.
It has also made it clear that in the case of non-compliance with any rule, the factory manager will be held responsible and punished. The chief executive officer of a leading car company said: “It could take months to get police permission for so many employees and that could delay starting production.”
Companies in Gurugram
district say their talks with the local authorities have been “very positive”.
However, matters like keeping workers on the factory premises are being sorted out. This may be possible for smaller players but not larger ones. Sources in Maruti Suzuki
said that there was no question of starting production from Monday.