“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 for lawns and gardens. Reserve large areas for football, hockey and parks. Earmark areas for Hindu temples, Mohammedan mosques and Christian churches.” J. N. Tata
Tata Steel's Home City
The vision of Jamsetji Tata, when he conceptualised his dream city, was built on the ideology that it would comprise not merely Asia’s first fully integrated steel plant, but also embody a step towards building a new Nation. The model town of Jamshedpur proudly bears the Founder’s name as evidence of being an integral part in the illustrious journey of Tata Steel and is one of the greenest and most well-planned cities in India today. Located in the East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand on the Chota Nagpur plateau, Jamshedpur is surrounded by the beautiful Dalma Hills, and the rivers Subarnrekha and Kharkhai border the North and West of the city, respectively.
In 2004, the city was nominated as the first South Asian city for the pilot phase of the UN Global Compact Cities Programme. The programme aims at resolving intractable urban problems and replicating these solutions worldwide. Tata Steel’s Public Private Partnership Project, which gives last-mile consumer access to safe water was hailed. The Company’s engagement with UNGC has deepened with its membership of CEO Water Mandate, which focuses on development through better utilisation of natural resources. In the Third Party Survey conducted in 2011-12, the citizens of Jamshedpur rated it as the second-best city to live in, in India.
In the early days, the population of Tata Steel’s home city comprised a very large proportion of employees but gradually over time, the promise that Jamshedpur offered and fulfilled has drawn thousands others who chose to make it their home as well. The ensuing years saw the emergence of a model city equipped with the most modern and up-to-date facilities. The Company’s commitment to society saw it take the necessary initiatives and ensure that there would be no major imbalance in civic amenities between Company leased areas and other non-lease areas. Tata Steel therefore, encouraged people to partner it in the progress of their region and bring all-around improvement for the residents of the city.
For over 90 years, Jamshedpur has been developed and managed by Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company Limited (JUSCO) and it has emerged as a model town to reckon with. JUSCO's scope of operation extends to approximately 64sq. kms, that is, the area of Jamshedpur and caters to a population of about 0.70 million.
Jamshedpur is a self-contained city in every sense of the term. The development of Tata Steel from its inception has been reflected in the growing prosperity of the steel city with more and more amenities being made available on a continuous basis. From healthcare to education to sports, Jamshedpur can boast of some of the best facilities in the country today. Different areas in which development initiatives have received major thrust over the years have been categorised below.
Steady industrial progress directly affects the well being of urban communities, but in a country where the majority is dependent on agriculture for their livelihood, progress can truly be achieved if tangible benefits reach the rural community as well. Tata Steel, therefore, works in conjunction with the governments, district administrations and international organisations to create a strong and resilient economy in urban and rural areas around Jamshedpur. The various initiatives are undertaken through the operating units - Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) and Tribal Culture Centre (TCC). The Centre for Excellence is the first business archive house of the Country, devoted to showcasing the Steel Company’s many milestones from the Founder’s vision to the present day technology of the steel work.
Jamshedpur is India's first planned industrial and most cosmopolitan city. It is a model of harmonious co-existence of industry and environment, with acres of verdant parks and gardens dotting the city and providing pastoral sanctuaries from the pressures of everyday life. Tata Steel's commitment to cleaner and greener Jamshedpur is fulfilled through incessant tree plantation drives, enhancing the green carpet on a continuous basis.
Jamsetji had aspired for vast stretches of green within his dream city, in the form of public parks and private lawns in front of residential quarters, in playgrounds for the young and in open areas for all. The most illustrious embodiment of this vision is of course the Jubilee Park, spread over an area of 37.75 acres and dotted with flowerbeds and illuminated fountains. Situated at the heart of the city, this scrupulously designed park was gifted by Tata Steel to the citizens of Jamshedpur on completion of 50 years in its remarkable journey. Sir Dorabji Tata Park houses a variety of flora and fauna and is a treat for nature lovers.
The Tata Steel Zoological Park is located only a few kilometers away from the Steel Plant and is home to a variety of animals and birds. The Safari Park in the zoo enables visitors to take a drive through a wooded area where animals are free to roam. A visit to the Nature Education Centre or a walk in the Nature Trail may also be arranged.
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The Amusement Park is a popular attraction for the children of Steel City with water games and unlimited fun rides. Adding to the beauty of the city are several lakes and waterbodies like the Dimna Lake and the Hudco lake that serve as popular picnic haunts for residents of Jamshedpur as well as for visitors.
The sports capital of Jharkhand, Jamshedpur has always maintained its reputation as a training hub for sports persons and helped them excel at national and international sporting events. The main sports facilities in and around Jamshedpur include the Keenan Stadium for Cricket, the Sumant Moolgaokar Stadium for Athletics, innumerable playgrounds for children and famous Golf Courses (Beldih and Golmuri) for golfing enthusiasts who love spending their leisure out in the open.
The renowned JRD Tata Sports Complex is one of the best sports complexes in India with a capacity for 40,000 spectators. This magnificent complex has an international size football ground with an eight-lane monosynthetic track. Facilities for handball, volleyball, hockey, table tennis and a modern gymnasium are also available at the complex. The Tata Football Academy, Tata Athletics Academy and Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) are well known in the country today for facilitating and promoting the respective sports and contributing significantly to the cause of sports and youth activities in general.
With the development of infrastructure, facilitated by the presence of Tata Steel, health facilities at Jamshedpur have also improved manifold to ensure that the people of the city receive the best services in healthcare.
The hospitals in Jamshedpur have adequate amenities and sufficient capacity for inpatients as well as outdoor patients. The hospitals, nursing homes and the medical centres also maintain proper amenities to ensure rapid treatment of the patients.
The Tata Main Hospital is over a century old and forms the backbone of Jamshedpur’s medical structure comprising other modern hospitals and medical facilities. It is an eight hundred and thirty-five bedded hospital with state-of-art facilities catering to almost every branch of medical science. The Tata Memorial Centre constitutes the national comprehensive Cancer Centre for the prevention, treatment and research on cancer and is comparable to any similar centre in the world. The Meherbai Tata Memorial Hospital is a specialty hospital for cancer equipped with latest treatment and diagnostic facilities.
Known for its high literacy rate, Jamshedpur has nearly 183 schools and 13 colleges, of which five schools and one inter- college is handled by JUSCO. The Company gives out various scholarships, which enables talented students to pursue further studies. The renowned institutes include Xavier Labour Relation Institute (XLRI), National Institute of Technology (NIT), Shavak Nanavati Technical Institute (SNTI), R.D.Tata Technical Education Centre and MGM Medical College and Hospital (associated to Tata Main hospital).
Jamshedpur from the beginning has been very culturally inclined. Promoting indigenous talents and heritage as well as encouraging those from outside the region has been a quality that has set the city apart from most industrial towns. Abundant opportunities exist for the pursuit of meaningful hobbies and cultural vocations for the interested. Numerous fine auditoriums in Jamshedpur (Tagore Society, Nritya Kala Kendra, Tata Auditorium) have played host to finest performing artists and professional theatre groups from India and abroad. The Jamshedpur School of Art trains students in painting, sculpting and offers hobby based and semi professional courses too.
Jamshedpur’s numerous private clubs provide opportunity for a variety of sporting activities along with a chance to socialise. Among the more popular clubs are the Beldih Club, the United Club, the Golmuri Club, the Tube Makers Club, the G Town Club and the Telco Club. These have been serving the citizens and the employees of the town for years now and provide ideal options to relax and have fun. Library and facilities for swimming, tennis, billiards, open cinema and good food services are available.
Jamshedpur in many ways is a microcosm of India with people from different communities residing peacefully in the security and comfort of a big, happy family. It goes without saying that Tata Steel’s presence and its numerous improvement endeavours have been the main vehicles for ensuring sustained growth and well-being for the city. Over the years Tata Steel has encouraged the unique Jamshedpur culture that has developed through the amalgamation of diverse customs while at the same time it has taken adequate measures of preserving indigenous traditions. The result is that Jamshedpur is more truly democratic and cosmopolitan than other cities and upholds a strong feeling of national integration. The legacy that Jamsetji had left behind has been carried forward by his worthy successors who make sure that the dream continues to live on.
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