Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi: Siemens India, one of the leading producers of energy-efficient technologies, on Friday said it would contribute Rs 20 crore towards India's fight against COVID-19. Meanwhile, self-drive car rental startup Revv said it will offer over 1,000 cars to assist healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"In these tough and uncertain times, we pledge a total contribution of Rs 20 crore towards fighting COVID-19," Sunil Mathur, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Limited, said in a statement.

"In addition to the various measures announced, we are ensuring that we continue to support our extended supply chain and the temporary workforce at this time of need. All payments are being released on time to them," he said.

The company has committed the amount towards providing critical medical care equipment such as ventilators and analysers to several healthcare facilities across India, 40,000 PCR test kits to be delivered to Indian Council of Medical Research, setting up a test lab at the National Cancer Institute in Jhajjar, Haryana, creation of isolation units at select Siemens facilities and support to migrant and temporary workers

Siemens Project and Service engineers across all Group Companies are working round the clock to ensure that essential equipment in hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, power plants, transmission & distribution systems, critical metro and rail equipment systems, and manufacturing facilities of essential goods are kept functioning and operational, the company said.

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"We are especially proud of our project and service engineers who are working under very difficult conditions to ensure that critical facilities in hospitals, diagnostic centers and essential infrastructure &services continue to function & remain operational," Mathur said.

The self-drive car rental startup Revv on Friday said it will offer over 1,000 cars at zero fee to assist healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. This service is now live in five cities -- Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai and Pune, the company said in a statement.

In each of these cities, Revv will make its current fleet of cars available, free of charge, to healthcare workers currently engaged in active duty at a hospital, upon submission of relevant ID proof.

Revv said it will mobilise over 1,000 cars to start with and include more as the need escalates.

Founded by ex-McKinsey executives, Anupam Agarwal and Karan Jain, Revv started in July 201 from Delhi-NCR.

"Healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 crisis at the frontline are our true heroes, and several of them are facing challenges with their commute to hospitals because of no availability of public transport. This is the least that we can do for them," said the co-founders.

"We're inviting partners across these cities to help us accelerate this. For example, in Bengaluru, we are partnering with a 12,000 strong citizen volunteer group, to facilitate the distribution of these cars to healthcare workers that they are engaged with," they added.

In each of the five cities where Revv is providing this service, healthcare workers can reach out to the company at 9250035555 to place a booking, the company said, adding that Revv will also add the service to its website and apps soon.

After placing the booking, the healthcare worker can pick up the car from Revv's delivery centres, and use it free of charge.
But they will have to make a security deposit of Rs 2,500 which is fully refundable.

Revv will require the user to share a copy of his proof of work (such as the hospital ID card) at the time of placing the booking.

All the cars will be sanitised before handover, the company said.

Revv counts Hyundai as its strategic investor, and Hyundai and M&M as its subscriptions partners.

(With Agency Inputs)

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