Industrialist GP Birla took his last breath in Kolkata on 5th March after a brief period of illness, leaving wife Nirmala, son CK Birla and daughter Lekha Poddar. GP Birla was 87.
He was part of the illustrious Birla clan, headed GP-C.K. Birla Group. The group has business interests across the four continents spanning across sectors such as automobiles, earthmoving and power transmission equipment, bearings, heavy machinery, paper, cement, information technology, building products, electrical fans, vegetable oils, consumer durables, soap and detergents, engineering and contracting for industrial and infrastructure projects and emerging areas like oil and gas, geomatics and environment.
Late Braj Mohan Birla established the GP-CK Birla Group. After this, GP Birla carried forward the glorious legacy. Till about a week back GP Birla was very active and despite his old age, he used to come to his office regularly. The mantle of his empire has passed on to his son, Chandrakant Birla, now.