Bajaj shifts 50% of Pulsar production to Aurangabad
In view of souring relation with workers, Bajaj Auto has shifted production of its highest selling Pulsar from Chankan plant in Pune to Aurangabad's Waluj plant.
“We used to produce 80,000 Pulsars a month at Chakan plant which has now been brought down to 45,000 Pulsars a month while remaining has been shifted to Waluj. Earlier we used to produce around 25 percent Pulsar at Waluj which has now gone up to 50 percent,” Kailash Zanzari, Vice-President (Motorcycle Manufacturing) told ETAuto over phone.
The company has not shifted the production of Avenger and KTM from Chakan where it produces 5000 and 6000 units a month of both the bikes.
Commenting on, if the shifting of production was permanent or temporary Zanzaru said: “We will continue to have the same production schedule at Waluj. However, as of now we cannot comment on if it is going to be permanent or temporary. It will depend on how the discussion with workers unfolds.”
Chakan plant employs over 2,000 workers, including around 900 permanent ones, and produces 1.2 million units of bikes including the Pulsar, Avenger, Ninja and the KTM brands a year.
In a relief to two-wheeler maker, the employees union has extended the proposed strike from tomorrow by two weeks saying that workers have decided to give more time to the management to consider their charter of demands.
Last month, the union had served a notice with a list of demands, which include allocation of CSR funds for education of employees' children, setting up a museum in the name of company's founder Jamnalal Bajaj within a year and allotment of shares at a discounted price.