Monday, December 4, 2023

Jamshedpur: An inspiring Journey of 100 years

�Be sure to lay wide streets planted with shady trees, every other of a quick growing variety. Be sure that there is plenty of space forlawns and gardens. Reserve large areas for football, hockey and parks�� Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, Founder, Tata Group in a letter to his son, Sir Dorabji Tata in 1902 Jamshedpur city was founded 100 years ago � in 1904 – along with the Steel Plant set up by the Tatas at the village of Sakchi. The journey of 100 years has been remarkable Jamshedpur is regarded as a well managed city with the civic amenity provider JUSCO attempting to cover the last mile or the poorest of the poor with its services. That is the model that Tata Steel had created and even though JUSCO is an independent entity, this ethos of social responsibility continues.

Tata Steel�s Founder J N Tata believed that the community is not just another stakeholder in any free business enterprise, but is in fact its backbone. Tata Steel�s success story is the story of an enterprise whose growth has come about not only because of its performance but also through its initiatives focusing on the triple bottom line of financial, social and environmental progress. Several dignitaries and guests of the company arrive to pay homage on this occasion to Jamsetji who is regarded as a key figure in industrial revolution.

Besides, there is an array of colorful display of floats by various departments and divisions of Tata Steel, which moves across the city. On this occasion the Steel City wears a festive look. Jamsetji observed that sports develop discipline, team spirit and endurance which later on reflect on work. Therefore, various categories of sports events are organized on this occasion catering to different strata of life. Participants even with hearing imparities take part in the sport events held at Gopal Maidan in Jamshedpur on the Founder�s Day.J N Tata�s love for his nation was immense and the poverty of the masses strongly dwelt upon him.

Following his guidelines, Tata Steel has framed various social welfare programmes for the upliftment of the urban, rural and tribal people. The amalgamation of vivid demonstrations by the tribal group on this day is quite appealing. The first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had believed that Jamsetji Tata�s vision for the country was truly India�s first five year plan for development. In Tata Steel, the Founder of the Tata Group had built the first edifice for freedom and the first team capable of eman- cipating Indians by giving them a sense of nationhood.

As the first steel plant was launched, people came to get trained and work here from almost all over India. Once they became a part of the institu- tion, they were welded into a nation and became a part of the industrial growth of India. The medical and educational facilities that Jamsetji had introduced for the benefit of the employees, has injected in them a strong sense of respect and discipline for the company. The willingness to assist the commoners even under extreme circumstances has become a tradition for the company.

Be it the devastating earth- quake of Monghyr in 1934, the calamitous floods of Andhra in 1977, or the Maharashtra drought of 1972, Tata relief teams have been the first on the scene. Jamsetji was never ignorant towards the welfare of the youths of the society. He bestowed half his fortune to launch a university for research which was one of its kinds in India and Europe. It finally came up as the Indian Institute for Science in Bangalore, the fountainhead for technology for India for decades to come. Today, with increased purchasing power together with economic boom, the city has emerged as a favorite destination for industries, real estate devel- oper and brand owners.

Increased civic services and infrastructure over the last couple of years have helped the city to grab the attention of the investors. The changing face of the city can be witnessed from the fact that AC Nielsen ORG MARG survey on the quality of life in cosmopolitan cities like Chandigarh , Bhubaneswar , Pune and Bangalore rated Jamshedpur as the second best in India after Chandigarh in quality of life index. The index took into account parameters like water and power supply, public services, health and environment, education, economy etc. The city is witnessing growth in various sectors of economy. Real estate is one of the major areas of growth.

With several retail players gearing up to set a mall in the heart of the city, more and more business houses are eying the city to venture in it�s untapped market.With the demand for residential and commercial complexes rise, over 200 local developers have at least two projects in hand. The increased investments in the field of real estate have also increased the rates of the spaces. Commercial space in the heart of the city is available for Rs 4,000 to Rs 11,000 per square feet(sq.ft) while apartments are available for Rs 1000 to Rs 4000 per square feet ( sq.ft).

The Steel City also boasts of host of new entertainment clubs like Beldih Club, United Club, Tubemakers Club and Golmuri Club. These clubs have various facilities giving a new meaning to the night life. The clubs are planning to host a number of events in coming days. The city which had a humble beginning in 1907 is now marching ahead in the tune to the other metro cities. The city is set to witness a new growth for the next 100 years to come.

Moreover the city also boasts of one of the largest industrial belt at Adityapur. The sprawling Adityapur Industrial Area houses 791 units- including 11 large-scale, 64 small scale and 166 tiny industries. A few important industries that has global presence are Usha Martin Group, RSB Group, Tata Steel Growth Shop(TGS) etc., too situated in this industrial belt, situated in SeraikelaKharsawan. There are 20 industries, which export its products to the USA, Australia and other European countries.On the other hand hospitality sector is also witnessing a boom remarkably, in the last 24 months new hotels namely, The Citi Inn. Ashoka Inn,Ganga Regency, Devdut Palace, B S Plaza have come up across the city while few more are expected in coming months.

If the business sector in the city is giving enough reasons to invest in hotel projects, an increase in the number of tourists visiting the city over weekends also added to the rush to build hotels. The social responsibility of this industrial enterprise, as desired by Jamsetji, was never restricted to serving the people but was extended upto the welfare of the environment like the land, the forest, the water bodies and the creatures.

The Founder�s philosophy has always been to cater towards the advancement of education, learning and industry, including education in economy, sanitary sciences and art. He had recognized the importance of sports as something which develops discipline, team spirit and endurance. He had always encouraged the construction of a sports infrastructure in Jamshedpur to promote the budding sportsmen of the city.

The labor relations that he maintained were unique and participative. The company gives unprecedented facilities to its workers, their family members as well as the non-employees at various levels. He had laid on certain ethical and reliable foundation on which future generations of Jamshedpur could build on.

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