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Park twinkles for Founderís Day

Wet weather couldnít dampen the spirits of Jamshedpureans who flocked to Jubilee Park on Sunday evening to witness the magic moment when one of Tata Sons directors Ishaat Hussain pressed the button near JN Tataís statue for Founderís Day lights to spring alive.

The management had earlier thought of postponing the event due to safety concerns. The wet park and heavy wiring for lights raised fears of electrocution. But, a clear evening sky and a three-hour inspection by electricians calmed worries and the management went ahead with the plan.

Hussain, accompanied by Tata Steel Europe CEO Karl Ulrich Kohler and the steel majorís vice-chairman B. Muthuraman, said inaugurating Founderís Day lighting was always a special experience.

Citizens, on their part, did not miss the glowing moment on their cellphone and digital cameras. ďFounderís Day is an exclusive festival for Jamshedpureans and makes us feel very special. We never miss coming to Jubilee Park on March 2 to witness the moment when light envelops the park,Ē said Tapas Chatterjee, a senior citizen and Sonari resident of Sonari.

Later, Muthuraman inaugurated an exhibition near the Childrenís Corner in Jubilee Park. The event, titled A Story of Learning, Sharing and Growing, portrayed the companyís growth through innovation, its commitment to the society and its expansion plans.

On Monday, Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry, who reached the city with wife Rohiqa on Sunday, will attend Founderís Day celebrations inside the plant.

Representative from Tata group companies will pay homage to the founder by assembling near his statue at the main gate.

Later in the day, Mistry will also watch the pageantry taken out by social outfits from near Bistupur Postal Park.

Over the past 33 years, Jubilee Park has been decorated with illumination on the occasion of Founderís Day. This year, as many as 250 experts from Bengalís Chandernagore worked to light up the green lung. Besides spreading the message of Juscoís civic awareness campaign Zimmedaar Nagrik, Zimmedaar Shahar, illuminated silhouettes of personalities like Saurav Ganguly will win hearts.


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