Tribhuwan N. Bhan

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Tata's Contribution to Bombay's Development

By Tribhuwan N. Bhan

Some years ago, I read an article in Reader's Digest, written by an English journalist who travelled to India on an assignment. I am hereby reproducing whatever I can recollect of that article. To make the language simple, I am writing the matter in first person.

I boarded an Air India plane at Heathrow airport, my destination was Bombay. While the plane taxied on the runway, I thought of Mr. J.R.D.Tata who had started this Airline under the name Tata Airlines in 1932. This Airline had one single engine plane which carried mail between Bombay and Karachi. Mr. J.R.D. Tata used to pilot the plane and his navigator was one Mr. Vincent. After a flight which stopped at various places enroute, we landed at Bombay's Santacruz airport.

At the airport I boarded a coach manufactured by the Tata's in collaboration with a German automobile company. The coach took me to Taj Mahal hotel at apollo Bunder. This five star hotel was built by Jamshedji Tata. Those days it was the first five star hotel in Bombay. After checking in at the hotel I went to my room. Had a refreshing bath with Hamam soap manufactured by the Tata Chemicals, Scrubbed my hair with Tata Shampoo. I dried myself with a thick towel and wore a comfortable shirt. Both these articles were manufactured by Tata Textiles.

After resting for the day, the next day I visited T.I.F.R (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) at Colaba. From Colaba accompanied by a guide we came to churchgate and boarded a local train for Dadar. From dadar we went to the Tata Cancer Hospital and Cancer Research Centre at Parel. The Local trains in Bombay, which are supposed to be the life line of Bombay get their power supply from Tata's, who use "unified islanding system". It is due to this system that Tata's supply uniterrupted power to trains, hospitals, refineries, water supply systems, airports, ports and stock exchange. On my way back from the suburbs to my hotel we stopped at the R.T.I. (Rattan Tata Institute) for delicious snack. R.T.I. is a training institute for chefs and seamstresses. Then I visited Tata Institute of Social sciences at Chembur, a suburb of Bombay.

After visiting all the Tata establishments in Bombay, I left for Jamshedpur in Bihar. This township was built by Jamshedji Tata who set up a plant to manufacture iron and steel. The Local trains in Bombay, which are supposed to be the life line of Bombay get their power supply from Tata's, who use"unified islanding system".

This visionary felt that no country can progress without manufacturing iron and steel. All different forms of heavy industry are absolutely dependent on iron and steel. The township has the Tisco plant and residential quarters for thousands of its employees. This establishment is a tribute to the vision of the great Indian Jamshedji Tata. His vision was further developed into a vast industrial empire by his descendants like Naval Tata, J.R.D. Tata and now Ratan Tata.

As I left Bombay to board a plane from Santacruz airport for London, I thought of the contribution made by the Tata's in various fields like civil aviation, chemicals, education, hospitals, medical research, industrial development, manufacture of automobiles, social work etc.

Source: Milchar

  

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