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Odisha Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik dedicates ‘The Rath’ to the people of the State

Bhubaneswar, August 13, 2019

~ ‘The Rath’ - a steel monument, is presented by Tata Steel in collaboration with Bhubaneswar Development Authority ~

~ Designed by renowned architect Nuru Karim, this icon of tomorrow is enabled by Tata Structura Steel Hollow Sections ~

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, today, formally dedicated ‘The Rath,’ a steel monument to the people of Odisha. The steel monument, located at the picturesque Biju Patnaik Park in Bhubaneswar, is presented by Tata Steel in collaboration with Bhubaneswar Development Authority.

‘The Rath’ explores the notion of life, motion and energy and is built using ~13.5 tonnes of Tata Structura Steel Hollow Sections. The monument design is inspired by the dual narrative of the Sun Temple and the Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival), and attempts to accentuate the diverse cultures and rich heritage that form the soul of Odisha.

Crafted in steel - material of the future, and designed with cutting-edge tools, ‘The Rath’ rests on three points with a minimal footprint on the landscape. The rotating polygonal frames are laid out on a 120° tri-axis, representing the 8-hour sub-division of the 24-hour cycle and the concept of time. The structure uses the narrative of community heritage as a springboard to envision the future. The design comprises an intricate web of structural steel, which encourages users to interact in non-traditional ways.

‘The Rath’ pavilion design can be experienced at three levels. The experience of being physically and psychologically caught in a web of steel is bound by a space-time continuum. The pavilion underbelly houses an amphitheater for events and performances, which can be accessed by people from all walks of life. ‘The Rath’ can be explored as a sculpture in the park, a beacon that attracts intrigue, inquiry and investigation.

The ‘Rath’ is the latest addition to a proud set of contemporary icons enabled by Tata Steel for India of today. Over the last 100 plus years, Tata Steel has been associated with some of the most iconic structures of India like the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata, The Butterfly Park in Bengaluru, Bandra-Worli Sea Link and an award-winning steel sculpture depicting the ‘Gandhian Charkha’ at the Oval Maidan in Mumbai.

Details of the team instrumental in the creation of ‘The Rath’:

  • Architectural design: Nuru Karim
  • Project Execution: Sagar Business Pvt. Ltd
  • Structural Design: Tata Growth Shop (TGS)


About Tata Steel
Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 33 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $22.67 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2019. In 2018, Tata Steel acquired Bhushan Steel Ltd (now renamed as Tata Steel BSL Ltd).

A Great Place to Work-Certified organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.

Tata Steel retained the ‘Global Steel Industry Leader’ position in the DJSI 2018. The Company has been recognised as the Climate Disclosure Leader in ‘Steel category’ by CDP (2017). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, ‘GreenPro’ certification for products (Tata Pravesh Steel Doors, Tata Structura, Tata Pipes) by CII, Authorized Economic Operator  (AEO) status (Tier 2) by the Directorate of International Customs (Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India), ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018), Golden Peacock Award for Risk Management (2018) and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2019) by CNBC TV18. The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the eight time (2019), Steel Sustainability Champion (2018) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2019), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2018), ‘Best Companies To Work For’ recognition by Business Today, 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.

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