Jamshedpur- The Steel City
I have lived in 3 cities in India so far- New Delhi, Mumbai & Jamshedpur. Hence, whenever someone asks me my most favorite city in India; its a tough choice to decide. Mumbai & Jamshedpur both come close to the finish line but eventually, I would say, Jamshedpur wins as I've spent over 18 years in the city.
For anyone who has visited Jamshedpur, their first reaction is always of amazement. "Wow, I never imagined a city in Jharkhand to be so clean, green & well laid out". Away from the hustle & bustle of a metropolitan city, Jamshedpur is a perfect image of a quiet, peaceful life amidst both greenery & factories for after all, it is the "Steel City". The only one in India to not have a municipal corporation, the city's town planning & management is looked after by JUSCO (Jamshedpur Utilies & Services Company), a 100% subsidiary of Tata Steel.
One of the first planned industrial cities in India by Jamshedji Nusserwanji Tata, Jamshedpur or Tatanagar, houses several big corporate houses such as Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Lafarge Cement, Telcon, BOC Gases, Praxair, TCE, TRF, Tinplate etc. However, unlike the image one conjures up of an industrial city, this one boasts of being well designed, pollution free & of being a "smart city". Named 84th on the list of the fastest growing cities worldwide, it is a melting pot of cultures, traditions & castes. Conscious measures are taken by authorities to reduce the carbon footprint & save the environment. Be it rain water harvesting, waste disposal or tree plantation drives, this city is one of the only one to have used waste plastic to make roads, Jamshedpur makes me proud every single day.
Being somewhere in between a town & a city, what I connect to most here, is the people. Warm, helpful, & happy in their own space, the rat race is yet to fully begin. However, there is a strong drive in the citizens to succeed via sheer hard work. Excellent schools & post graduate institutes such as XLRI shape up the education.
One of the city's major attractions- The Jubilee park, was a gift by Tata Steel to the citizens of Jamshedpur on its completion of 50 years. It was inaugurated by the then PM of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The entire area is lit up every year on the 3rd of March, celebrated as the "Founders Day", J.N Tata's birthday.
A city which conjures up innumerable memories of a happy childhood, I can go on for hours about this place. It is the warmth of the people, the clean shady roads & the calmness of the place make it so special.
Mumbai comes a close second, cause it is a city which gave me the wings to fly, however I learned to dream long before in the "Steel City".
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