Tata Consultancy Services also said that its offices in Chennai have been shut on Thursday but implemented its continuity plans to ensure that there is no impact on business. The company said that all its employee are safe and there is no water logging in any of its offices. On the automobiles front, a Hyundai Motor India spokesperson said: “The company has decided not to operate all three shifts today and the first shift tomorrow. We are monitoring the situation closely.”
Hyundai’s Chennai plant has a capacity to produce around 6.8 lakh vehicles annually. Ford India too has suspended operations at its Chennai plant. “Continued heavy rains in Chennai have resulted in significant flooding in the area with many roads impassable. For the safety of our employees, we have halted production at our Chennai assembly and engine plants on Wednesday, December 2,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. Likewise, Renault India said operations at the plant in Chennai have been suspended for a day. “Today we are not operating at the plant. The safety of our employees is paramount. We are monitoring the situation closely and resumption of operations will depend entirely on the weather improving,” Renault India Operations Country CEO and Managing Director Sumit Sawhney said. All the three auto companies said they were monitoring the situation closely and resumption of operations at their plants would be subject to improvement of weather conditions. Telecom operators such as BSNL, Aircel, Airtel, Vodafone and RCom are offering free talktime and data usage to their customers in the city. Airtel said its services have been partially disrupted due to power failure and the company is working with local authorities to restore them.