Suzuki Motor Corp chairman Osamu Suzuki Aug. 26 said the Japanese car manufacturer is committed to its investments in India, but he expressed concern over the time being taken to find causes of the July 18 violence at the Manesar plant of subsidiary Maruti Suzuki that resulted in the death of one senior executive and the injuring of 100 others.
“In any case, Japan’s Suzuki has no plans to withdraw from India nor to stop production at Manesar. We are here for the last 30 years," Suzuki told the media, after meetings with the chief ministers of Haryana and Gujarat.
“I asked Maruti Suzuki management, ‘Isn’t it taking it too long to find out the reasons?’ Twelve executive members of the union have been arrested…It is impossible for Maruti Suzuki to get in touch with them. We have no information,” he said.
“We are internally trying to find out if workers were dissatisfied. In case we find any such problem, we will take counter measures,” Suzuki added.
He said MSI chairman R.C. Bhargava has indicated that the company is in touch with the Haryana government to acquire land to supply housing for Manesar workers through co-operatives. Bhargava agreed that living conditions of Manesar workers were substandard because rentals in the area had shot up, but MSI should not be blamed.
The investigation may take up to six months, the auto company chairman said. He said he spoke with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda about the importance to find the root causes of the Manesar incident.
Maruti Suzuki India is investing Rs. 2,600 crore to set up a new diesel plant, expand capacity and boost research and development in Haryana by 2014. It is also investing Rs. 4,000 crore in Gujarat for a new plant.