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Mahindra & Mahindra plant fire engulfs 250 vehicles

"As a safety measure, the operations of the plant have been suspended in the first shift... The production loss in the first shift is estimated to be around 250 vehicles," M&M said.

Mail Today Bureau   Nashik/ Mumbai     Last Updated: May 10, 2012  | 14:40 IST

A major fire broke out on Wednesday at the Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) factory in Nashik, Maharashtra, which produces the Scorpio and Xylo models, causing a loss in production of about 250 vehicles.

"As a safety measure, the operations of the plant have been suspended in the first shift... The production loss in the first shift is estimated to be around 250 vehicles," M&M said in a filing to the BSE.

The fire was contained within the logistics area of the Scorpio unit and within the plant premises, M&M added.

The company is currently ascertaining the cause and extent of damage due to this fire, which broke out in the storage areas related to manufacturing of Scorpio and Xylo lines at the Nasik Plant 1, it further added.

The plant assets are adequately covered by insurance. The management expects to restart the Bolero and Verito lines fully and the Scorpio line partially from the second shift onwards, the company said.

M&M senior general manager (personnel) Udaykumar Vaidya said that spare parts of its vehicles, including those of Scorpio, apart from some cardboard and plastic material, were stored in the logistics department, which was engulfed in the blaze.

Earlier, Nashik municipal corporation chief fire officer Anil Mahajan said that around 25 fire tenders, both belonging to the local civic body and the company's own fire fighting unit, were roped in to douse the flames at the plant.

"A major fire broke out at the logistics department of the company early this morning. After receiving a call at 5.45 am informing us about the incident, fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was soon brought under control," Mahaja said.

M&M claimed that it follows the strictest safety protocols and adheres to all safety norms and processes laid down by the relevant government authorities.

Courtesy: Mail Today

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