Kolkata. 16 August 2023. Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd celebrated Independence Day with utmost patriotic fervour and enthusiasm on 15 August 2023. The commemorative event witnessed the hoisting of the National Flag by Cmde P R Hari IN (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, GRSE, at the GRSE Main Unit in the presence of RK Dash, Director (Finance), GRSE, DIG Subrato Ghosh, ICG(Retd.), Director (Personnel), and other senior officials and employees of GRSE.
On the historic occasion, GRSE’s tableau at the Independence Day parade on the city’s Red Road showcased its state-of-the-art shipbuilding technology and the varied range of maritime platforms that have been delivered to Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and friendly foreign countries.

The day also marked the culmination of GRSE’s two-year-long India@75 “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebration conducted over 11 weeks featured over 75 impactful initiatives encompassing areas such as “GRSE’s success story of Indigenisation”, “Vendor & MSMEs Development”, “Smart Shipyard”, “Energy Management & Electrical Safety”, “Supply Chain Management”, “Quality Assurance in Shipbuilding”, “Intellectual Property Rights”, Gender Equality, Environmental Sustainability, Education and many more. These initiatives included health checkup camps for underprivileged people at various locations in Kolkata and its surrounding areas. GRSE also organized public exhibitions in Kolkata & Ranchi, conducted a 100 Tree Plantation Drive across all units, and showcased India’s shipbuilding prowess at the AKAM Exhibition in Gandhinagar.

In its journey to promote awareness about ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ under the India@75 celebrations, GRSE organized “KWIZDOM”, an interschool quiz competition on Glorious India. 53000 students from across 112 schools from Kolkata & Howrah participated in this Quiz that aimed to ignite the young minds to celebrate the advent of a new India in the Amrit Kal reaffirming the “Panch Pran” including the honour & pride in our roots, goal of developing India, elimination of colonial mindset, developing of unity and a sense of duty amongst citizens and above all ensure that young Indians grow up as proud Indians confident of the legacy, culture and heritage of our motherland.

During his address, Cmde PR Hari IN(Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE said, “As we celebrate the 77th Independence Day of our Nation, we have transited from ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to ‘Azadi ka AmritKal’, and the theme “Nation First and Always First” resonates powerfully. Our unwavering commitment to Atmanirbharta within the Make-in-India initiative is evident through GRSE’s delivery of 108 warships, showcasing our dedication to the nation’s progress. With an order book of approximately 24,500 crores and 19 warships currently under construction, our shipyard is bustling with activity. Moving forward, we must exceed our own efficiency standards to fulfill the workload and aspirations of GRSE. In the journey ahead, setting ambitious targets, enhancing decision-making, and fostering seamless inter-departmental coordination will be vital for maintaining our competitive edge and furthering our contributions to nation-building.”