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Ashok Leyland to shut plants operations  for up to 3 weeks in May

New Delhi:  Ashok Leyland Ltd plans to reduce production and operate plants for only 7-15 days in May and to shut down the units for the remaining part of the month, the company said in a regulatory filing on Monday according to a report published in ET.

“The operations of our plants have been scaled down and are expected to work for 7 – 15 days in May. We will continue to respond to the COVID-19 situation in the country as it unfolds,” it said in a statement.

India continues to witness more than 3 lakh new COVID cases for 12 consecutive days as total count nears 20 million, according to the health ministry data. The second wave is expected not only to impact the demand outlook for vehicles temporarily but also delay the gradual recovery in the demand for small, medium and heavy trucks.

“The demand outlook for all our products is expected to be affected temporarily. We have carefully studied the demand situation and efforts are being made to match the demand, while realising the disruptions in the supply situation,” the company said.

Adding that the company is committed to the wellbeing of its officials, their families and the extended ecosystem, including customers, dealers and suppliers, it said, “our emergency response team, a high level task force responsible for managing COVID-related protocols, has revisited all the standard operating procedures and is ensuring their implementation.”