When Jamsetji Tata had envisioned the birth of a new Nation by setting up Asia’s first fully integrated steel plant, his dream also encompassed a model township that would be a benchmark in inclusive development. Named after the visionary, Jamshedpur is one of the greenest and most well planned cities in India today, developed lovingly and managed as Tata Steel’s hometown for well over hundred years now.
The identification of Sakchi in 1907 as the ideal site for the steel plant was just the beginning of a long journey of transformation. As a Group, Tata Steel’s values and high ethical principles are not only reflected in business operations and activities but also in dedicated social and community development that goes way beyond the demand of social responsibility.
In 1919, Lord Chelmsford, Viceroy of India rechristened Sakchi and Kalimati as Jamshedpur and Tatanagar respectively, in honour of its Founder.
In the early days, the population of Tata Steel’s home city comprised a very large proportion of employees but today almost 75% of local residents of Jamshedpur are not employees of Tata Steel.
From the beginning, Tata Steel looked after Jamshedpur's public utilities and efficiently took care of road maintenance, water and electricity supply, streetlights, healthcare, sanitation and more.
Presently, the city is maintained by JUSCO, a hundred percent subsidiary of Tata Steel, formed in 2004 from the Town Services Division.
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 has a literacy rate of 82% according to the census of 2001.
The main areas of Jamshedpur are Sakchi, Bistupur, Adityapur, Mango, Kadma, Parsudih, Sarjamda, Telco, Sonari, Jugsalai, Golmuri, Bhalubasa, Dhatkidih, Gamariah etc.
An evolved hub of cultural richness, Jamshedpur is known for its penchant of the club culture, along with its patronage of several other famous educational and learning societies.
Jamshedpur is one of the first industrial cities of India and it has set benchmarks for other industrial cities that have subsequently come up in the country. Major industries include BOC India, Indian Steel and Wire Products (ISWP), Lafarge Cement, Tata Steel, TSPDL, JEMCO, Tata BlueScope Steel, Tata Cummins, Tayo Rolls Limited, JAMIPOL, Tata Motors, Timken India, Tata Pigments, Tinplate Company of India Limited, Tata Power, Usha Martin Industries and Tata Refractories Ltd.
Green City, Clean City
Tata Steel's commitment to cleaner and greener Jamshedpur is reflected through incessant tree plantation drives, enhancing the green carpet on a continuous basis. The City has numerous parks, playgrounds and tree-lined streets. The most well known testament of Jamsetji’s vision of a green city is of course the Jubilee Park, spread over an area of 37.75 acres and dotted with flowerbeds and illuminated fountains. 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.
Hallmark of Distinction
Conferred the ISO 14001 (EMS) certification for civic and municipal services .
Rated second-best in the Country by ORG Marg Nielson on Quality of Life Index in 2008.
Ranked seventh in the list of 441 cities and towns in India on sanitation and cleanliness by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.
Selected for United Nations Global Compact Cities pilot programme.