Naveen Jindal’s JPL reconstructs washed away bridge overnight in flood-ravaged Tamnar in Chhattisgarh


Jindal Power Ltd (JPL), a subsidiary of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) has earned plaudits after it reconstructed a bridge that was washed away in the recent floods due to heavy rains in Tamnar in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh district. The bridge near Khurushulenga village was washed away on 17 August.

Naveen Jindal

Reacting to the development, the JSPL said that the JPL has always been dedicated to the all-round development of Tamnar. “Honouring its commitment to the development of the area and the sentiments of the common people, the company constructed a completely damaged and washed away bridge at war level. The people of the Khurushulenga region felicitated the JPL for this pious and public work,” the company promoted by Naveen Jindal said.

The district had recorded a heavy rain on 17 August causing the entire area to submerge. The overflowing rivulets led to the washing away of the culvert at Kuldeg Nala between village Khurushlenga and Lamdad. It was an important connecting road between Hamirpur in Odisha and Chhattisgarh’s Dhourabhata. The bridge also worked as a lifeline for the people of surrounding areas.

Realising the importance of the bridge, Jayadev Chakrabarti, President and Unit Head of the JPL, decided to take the responsibility of the reconstruction of the bridge using his company’s own resources. The company’s chairman, Naveen Jindal, had reportedly directed his team on the ground to construct the bridge immediately to ensure that the people of Hamirpur, Khurshulenga, Lamdad, Gaurbahari, and other adjoining areas did not face inconvenience. Chakrabarti sent his team to the spot that repaired the culvert overnight.

As expected, the JPL’s decision to pull off an extraordinary feat overnight has left the people of Tamnar awestruck. They are ecstatic that the JPL’s efforts could help their life to return to normalcy in record time. Chakrabarti, for his part, said that the development of Tamnar was the priority of the company. “We are committed to all-round regional development. The motto of JSPL is, ‘Success of an Industry lies in the success of surroundings’,” he added.

The bridge in Chhattisgarh was reconstructed as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility. Last week, JSPL Foundation co-chairperson and Naveen Jindal’s wife, Shallu Jindal, was honoured with this year’s CMO Asia’s Best CSR Award 2019 for Social Entrepreneurship.