As part of the green energy drive, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd., (GRSE), a Mini Ratna Category 1 Defence PSU and a leading warship building company put in use 14 Electric Vehicles for local commute by officials.
The environment friendly e-vehicles have been procured from Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power. Adoption of e-vehicles is a step towards “The Go Electric Campaign” initiative of Government of India. Use of these electric vehicles would also create awareness of e-mobility and provide a thrust to ‘Atmanirbharta’ by boosting the confidence of indigenous Electric Vehicle manufacturers.
Real Admiral VK Saxena, IN (Retd.), CMD, GRSE, flagged off the electric vehicles from GRSE Bhavan, Kolkata. Cmde Sanjeev Nayyar, IN (Retd.), Director (Shipbuilding), Cmde PR Hari, IN (Retd.), Director (Personnel), R.K. Dash, Director (Finance), Sudeep Bhar, Regional Cluster Head (East), EESL and senior officials of GRSE participated in the event.
Real Admiral VK Saxena said that the electrification of public transport is not only economical but also eco-friendly and therefore need of the hour. As economic development leads to rapid urbanization, Electric Vehicles shall help in reducing local concentrations of pollutants in the city and reduce dependence on imported crude oil. ‘Global Warming’ has also given rise to the need for reduction in the use of fossil fuels and associated emissions. He also added that GRSE is exploring use of green technology on board maritime platforms.
In June 2021, GRSE has adopted latest technology for enhancing security of infrastructure and other assets by commissioning an Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled high end CCTV network across its five units in Kolkata. The state-of-the-art technology will enable surveillance of 152.81-acre area of the shipyard to ensure 24×7 safety and security of all its premises.