Mumbai: From contributions to government relief funds to providing medical supplies and essentials to the needy, automakers have loosened their purse strings and announced several support measures towards fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
German luxury-car maker Mercedes announced that it will set up a 1,500-bed temporary hospital near Pune for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. The company also supported the Grant Medical Foundation (Ruby Hall Clinic) directly by donating ventilators.
Skoda Auto Volkswagen India, the Indian arm of the Volkswagen Group, on Wednesday pledged Rs 1 crore towards the setup of a dedicated Covid-19 facility at the Sassoon General Hospital in Pune. The company also announced that it will distribute sanitisers and food packets and will import medical supplies to India through its parent Volkswagen AG.
Earlier, Tata Group had pledged Rs 1,500 crore to the effort, one of the biggest sums donated so far.
Mahindra Group announced that it will help manufacture ventilators and other medical equipment. Mahindra and Mahindra managing director Pawan Goenka also shared a video of a prototype ventilator developed by the company.
Bajaj Group pledged Rs 100 crore towards several relief measures. The funds are to be used to upgrade healthcare infrastructure in Pune hospitals, provide rural livelihood, and food and essential services to the needy.
The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki said that it will assist in the production of ventilators, masks and other protective equipment. Hyundai said that it will be importing testing kits from South Korea that would serve 25,000 inpiduals.
TVS Group pledged a sum of Rs 30 crore for providing 1 million masks, meals, and disinfectant vehicles.