Bhubaneswar. 4th August 2009: Tata Steel celebrated 100 years of discovery of iron ore at Joda in Keonjhar district of Orissa today.
At a function held at Joda, Mr B Muthuraman, Managing Director, Tata Steel commended the geologists and mining engineers for their hard work put to position Tata Steel prominently in the global minerals arena which has led towards wealth creation for the community. While laying stress on judicious use of mineral resources, Mr Muthuraman mentioned that the discovery of iron and chrome ore has not only impacted Tata Steel but the country. He outlined the pioneering role of Tata Steel in the mining and steel sector. Geologists are always been fundamentally important to the prosperity of Tata Steel and the country as a whole, he said.
Addressing the gathering Mr H M Nerurkar, Executive Director (India & South East Asia) said that this occasion was emotionally touching as well as a proud moment in the history of Tata Steel and the State of Orissa.
Iron ore at Joda was first discovered by Mr S N Sarma, a geologist with Tata Steel in the year 1909. From discovery to a sustained holistic development, the saga of Joda has been eventful and forever dynamic. When the iron ore was discovered there were no geological data available till Tata Steel set up a Prospecting Department in the year 1915. Post independence, the geological department set up by the government depended on the date developed by Tata Steel.
History has witnessed the Joda dream gradually giving way to pragmatic reality. Tata Steels involvement in the minerals development of Joda is dotted with several milestones, which are now part of history.
Vision and plans to turn Joda into a modern township with all civic amenities have turned into reality with the presence of Tata Steel, has not only created employment opportunities to the people here but also have marked a positive change in their lifestyle.
The Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) was set up here to ensure peripheral development and has actively been working in upgrading the lifestyle of the local populace. The township in Joda enjoys the facilities like a club, schools, market complex, cooperative society, recreational activities and much more.
A story written by Tata steel has, over the years, turned into the lore of Jodas growth and now the State of Orissa is firmly entrenched on the international map. The Companys philosophy of sharing with the community continues to enrich the lives ensuring a better quality of life.