Anantapur: KIA Motors India, on Tuesday, said that it has resumed operations at its Erramanchi plant in Anantapur after over 40-day closure due to coronavirus lockdown. The production had been halted at the factory since March 23.

At present, the operations have started on a single shift basis with up to 1,000 employees. The KIA Motors Anantapur plant has a capacity to produce around 30 cars a day.

The management of KIA Motors said that their employees were strictly following the social distancing norm and also wearing face masks and other equipment on the plant premises to check the spread of coronavirus.

The company has set up a thermal screening kiosk at the entry of the plant and they are allowing the employees inside the plant only after conducting thermal screening to the employees.

KIA Motors, on Tuesday, exported a good number of cars to Sri Lanka from the Chennai Port. The management also said that they have taken all the steps to send some stranded employees and their relatives to South Korea.

Kia Motors India said it will continue to closely monitor the situation and ensure the best interests of everyone associated with its operations in the country.

The company will also remain connected with all authorities concerned and administration and will extend all possible cooperation and assistance, as and when required, they added.

Experts in the automobile industry and other sectors said that India’s export sector could lose nearly 15 million jobs amid the Covid-19 lockdown.

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