Jamshedpur: Amidst cheers and thunderous applause, the traders and industrialists watched the live telecast of Global Investors’ Summit at Michael John Auditorium, Bistupur, which was inaugurated at the mega sports complex at Hotwar in Ranchi here on Thursday. The ‘Jamshedpur connect’ to the event kept the participants glued to their seats till the end.
Not only Ratan Tata, the patriarch of Tata Group, the first speaker of the event, but almost all the guest speakers recognised the contribution of Jamshedpur in ushering industrial revolution in the state. Tata also said that he started his first job from Jamshedpur itself.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s reference to Jamshedpur as ‘Smart City’ decades ago also received applause from those present.
However, the icing on the cake was put with the announcement made by Nitin Gadkari, Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister who said, “Given the problems faced on Ranchi-Jamshedpur road, National Highway Authority of India will ensure its completion by way of works worth Rs 1,000 crore.”
Sharing his views, Mohanlal Agrawal, president, Jamshedpur Chamber of Commerce, said that the announcement is a welcome relief for the people traveling to Ranchi.
“Most areas have started showing signs of wear and tear. There is a heavy flow of traffic in the route since it is a National Highway. However, the authorities are yet to take any steps. However, the announcement will play an important role to expedite the construction work,” said Agrawal.
He said that after watching the inaugural ceremony of the Momentum Jharkhand Global Investors’ Summit it is clear that the Centre is committed to the development of the state and it has already increased the length of National Highways from 2,402 Km to 5,400 km.
Another trader Harvinder Singh said that NH 33 is a clear example of that negligence. If there is a delay on part of the NH agency then at least the State government should carry out repairing of the highway. He said the stretch near Radgaon on the NH-33 is pitiable and deserves immediate attention but concerned agencies of the state government are apparently insensitive to the issue. He expressed confidence with assurance from Gadkari work will start on full scale.
About 250 industrialists and administrative officials are participating in the summit. Apart from registration from entrepreneurs, 50 industrial units under the Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (AIADA) are putting up stalls at the much awaited business summit. Tata Steel and its associate companies are also setting up stall in an exhibition at the Global Investors’ Summit.
The live telecast was also watched by DC Amit Kumar DDC Suraj Kumar and other senior officials. School and college students also witnessed the inaugural ceremony.