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MAHAJAN RATTAN T.R. GUPTA
RENOWNED “DAANVEER” OF JAMMU
9/17/2020 11:36:57 PM
Rajendra Motial

With a rise of the dawn of 26th Jan. 1929, a son was born to Sh. Gourimal Gupta and Smt. Sita Devi of small village Rattian, Tehsil R.S. Pura, District Jammu, the date which incidentally became very important and revered later as after 21 years our country adopted the constitution and became Republic on the same date i.e. 26th Jan. 1950.
His father who was a simple, pious, dedicated, honest and hard working man, wanted his son to grow with all good qualities and reputation of lord RAMA, hence he named his as Tej Ram Gupta.
During his childhood his native village was bereft of any comfort and resources. Even there was no proper school, hence he got his primary education in a very dilapidated school building by sitting on bare ground of one room. He passed his matriculation from R.S. Pura District Jammu. Later he passed intermediate examination (12th Class) from Prince of Wales College (now Govt. Gandhi Memorial Science College) Jammu in the year 1948.
His father although was a simple and down to earth man, but he was quite conscious about social reforms, social equality and helping the poor and downtrodden people of the society. By giving example of great social reformer and ardent organizer Shere-E-Duggar Lala Hans Raj Mahajan, Humbleness, Sagacity, Foresighted vision and politeness of first Chief Justice of India Shree Mehar Chand Mahajan and above all the most patriot person known in the history of our country Bhama Shah who sacrificed all his wealth and richness to inspire Maharana Partap in his time of distress, infused in his son Tej Ram to follow the footsteps of all these great men for mitigating the sufferings and sense of inequality amongst the people of society.
With these teachings and Socio/religious background, T.R. Gupta grew into a man personified as example of magnanimity, benevolence, compassion and determination. He was also very disgusted with the social evils prevailing in the society especially in Mahajan Community all over India and introduced many reforms to remove them. He started his career with a grocery shop in his village initially in 1949, followed by Aata-Chakki and mini rice mill at Village: Arnia, Tehsil R.S. Pura. But he was not destined to be a short time trader only, because a meager income from these trades was not enough to fulfill his desire of broader mission to help poor, downtrodden and needy people. Hence he restarted the career as petty contractor in partnership with another contractor in 1957. Later on he started taking up bigger works first as partner in partnership firm and later in his individual capacity like Ujh barrage, Lift Irrigation Tawi Canal from Bahu Fort to Channi.
In the year 1947, T.R. Gupta got married to Smt. Kunti Devi, a simple and pious lady. It was a lovely relationship as both of them made an ideal couple. They were blessed with four sons, namely Sh. Satish Kumar Gupta, Dr. Ashok Kumar Gupta, Er. Rakesh Kumar Gupta and Er. Naresh Kumar Gupta, besides three daughters also.
T.R. Gupta, to further his mission of achieving new horizons and new heights in the business and social stature, worked with utmost dedication, commitment and perseverance which resulted in giving him good dividends in his work T.R. Gupta while working hard to expand his financial ventures never forgot his basic aim of benevolence, compassion and humane approach in helping poor and needy persons. That is why he is called “BHAMA SHAH” of Jammu.
With the grace of God , T.R. Gupta received full support from his workers because of his nature of accommodation, resilience and understanding their problems, due to which he got more and more profit from his businesses. He gave Bonus ranging from 8% to 20% regularly to them besides making many welfare schemes available to them. He formed a private limited company in 1980 named as TRG Industries Private Limited”. His three sons two of whom were Engineers, two son-in-laws who were both Engineers, his brother, cousin brother, nephew etc. also worked as Directors of company to expand the activities of his ventures manifold by taking up big construction projects, such as Salal Project in District Reasi. After successfully completing the said projects in J&K State the company took many prestigious construction projects; Bridges, Irrigation projects, Aqueducts, extension of runways of Airports, dams, National Highway and State Highway Roads etc. in different states of India. Besides, his company had the distinction of successful construction of many Hydro Electric Power Projects in Leh, Zanskar, Kargil under very adverse climatic conditions.
Over a period of time the company had assumed a significant and enviable status under the Chairmanship and Managing Directorship of T.R. Gupta. The company received many commendations and appreciations from various Government departments for the excellent working and successful completion of works most efficiently. Few of these projects are as under:-
A) Major Barrages
1) Barrage on River Sharda, in Tanakpur, U.P. for NHPC.
2) Barrage on River Ganga of Kanpur, U.P. for UP Irrigation Department.
3) Barrage on River Ujh in District Kathua, J&K for J&K Irrigation Department.
B) Major Road Bridges
1) Major Bridge on River Ghagra, in District Bahraich, U.P.
2) Major Bridge on River Ganga in District Badaun, U.P.
C) Major Railway Bridges
1) 70 Mtrs. High Bridge on Dhudhar Nallah in District Udhampur on JURL Project, J&K.
2) Bridge No. 26 Near Katra, District Reasi on JURL Project, J&K.
T.R. Gupta’s Company Received National Award for excellence for above two Bridges.
3) Bridge on River Sardan, in District Jammu on JURL Project, J&K.
4) Major Bridge on River Kukhai, District Cuttack, Orrisa.
5) Major Bridge near Shahjahanpur, U.P.
6) Major Bridge on River Chambal, U.P.
D) Major ROB’s
1) 2.5 km three lane ROB Cum Bridge at Jaipur (Rajasthan) for Jaipur Development Authority.
2) Five major ROB’s cum Bridges at Motihari, Siwan, Thawe, Harinagar and Narkatiyagan in Bihar.
E) Major Highways
1) Upgradation from single lane to two lane road of Drass-Kargil National Highway (60 Km) in District Kargil, J&K for Border Road Organization.
2) Upgradation from two laning to four laning of Lucknow-Kanpur National Highway.
3) Upgradation of two lane road of Morena-Porsa-Bhind Road (100km) in M.P.
4) Upgradation of Bulandshahar – Garh – Mukteshwar Road from single to two lanes in U.P.
5) Widening and strengthening of existing approach road from Sumber to Bajmasta to Urnihal in Jammu & Kashmir, for IRCON International Pvt. Ltd.
6) Strengthening and Upgrading of access road from Harog to Sumber, via Meghdhar approx. 24 kms long, in Jammu and Kashmir, for IRCON International Pvt. Ltd.
F) Major Aqueducts
1) Aqueduct over River Basantar, District Samba, J&K.
2) Aqueduct over River Soloni in Rorkee, Uttrakhand, Carrying 12000 cusecs water.
3) Aqueduct over River Dhanauri, Ratmau, District Rorkee, Uttrakhand carrying 12000 cusecs water.
4) Aqueduct near Sidhi, District Mirzapur for U.P. Irrigation Bansagar project (U.P)
G) Major Hydro-Electric Power Projects
1) Construction of Plunge Pool, Penstock civil and allied works of Salal Hydro Electric Project, Dhyangarh, District Reasi J&K.
2) Many mini Hydro electric power project like Stakna at Leh, Iqbal at Kargil, Haftal at Zanskar, Sewa at Basholi, Chennani at Udhampur, Karnah at Tangdhar, District Kupwara etc. in the far-flung areas of J&K State. Amongst these, the haftal project in Zanskar valley in J&K is situated at an altitude of more than 13000 feet.
T.R. Gupta is so loved and adored by the people because of his easily approachable nature, humility and compassion that Jammu Central Mahajan Sabha unanimously elected him as President, the post in which he served the birdari with full dedication and sincerity from 1991 to 1997. Thereafter, again the entire biradari of whole country gave him the responsibility of the Presidentship of Akhil Bhartiya Mahajan Shiromani Sabha New Delhi, the position that he held from 1997-2006. During all these years, T.R. Gupta gave the best of his ability to steer the Biradari to assume new dimensions in developmental activities. He gave his precious time, physical involvement even at the cost of his health and financial help with all sincerity and devotion, which is comparable to none. For his dedication, popularly and achievements, the grateful Biradari, in an All – India conference, bestowed upon him the title of “MAHAJAN RATTAN”.
During this period, T.R. Gupta executed many development works, few of which are:-
1. Dismantling and reconstruction the old Mahajan Sabha building at Parade near Sabzimandi at Jammu. The new Mahajan Sabha building now has 20 shops at ground floor, a big hall at 1st floor besides residential accommodation at 2nd floor.
2. Construction of Mehar Chand Mahajan Charitable Hospital, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu.
3. Reconstruction of Akhil Bhartiya Mahajan Shiromani Sabha Delhi office into a magnificent building.
4. Since many decades Mahajan Biradari had nurtured the dreams of having magnificent Mahajan Bhawan at Haridwar, a home for most comfortable stay for every person irrespective of any caste, creed and religion who visit the pious city. Sh. T.R. Gupta fulfilled long cherished dream of the Birdari with a Construction of Haridwar Mahajan Bhawan comprising 154 double bed rooms with attached bathrooms, besides front office, spacious Lobby cum waiting area, under ground parking space, good kitchen, neat and clean dining hall, 2 meeting halls and drivers restrooms. Bhawan has imposing hotel like front elevation. Moreover Bhawan has a beautiful temple alongwith a huge space for congregations.
5. Providing personal financial donation for the construction of Mahajan Halls/ Bhawans in the different cities of the country.
6. Arranged through donations and provided more than 30 to 40 lacs Rupees yearly as financial assistance to widows and destitutes of all India Biradari, throughout his tenure.
For the completion/ construction of these projects T.R. Gupta utilized all his personal resources, contacts and obligations. He along with his colleagues, team of office bearers, and Presidents of different city’s local Mahajan Sabhas collected donations from city to city and house to house. Besides he personally donated huge amounts and also provided his company’s logistics for timely completion of Haridwar Bhawan.
While working hard for the progress of his business and also for the social activities, T.R. Gupta never ignored his commitment of benevolence and noble mission. He regularly contributed for the welfare of the needy persons, social organizations, religious causes, orphanages, old age homes, charitable organizations, for the protection of cows, etc. and also donated liberally when our nation faced any serious calamity or pandemic. He also donated an ambulance to Central Mahajan Sabha, for public use.
After completing his 91 years of illustrious life Sh. T.R. Gupta donated the cheques of Rs.1.42.28000/- to various Socio/ Religious organizations, Charitable trusts, charitable dispensaries, cremation places, charitable hospitals, blind schools, widows, destitutes, cancer patients, Gou Raksha Samiti, Generator Sets for temples and senior citizens center, inner wheel house for mentally retarded children, ambulances for needy people and Prime Minister’ Care account.
During long years of his life, T.R. Gupta faced many hurdles, roadblocks and challenges. Many times he passed through physical trauma, financial setbacks in business and loss of near and dear ones from time to time. But being a steadfast crusader, man of very strong will power and unflinched determination, he not only overcame these hurdles but also emerged victorious out of these challenges every time.
Almost at the age of 90 years, T.R. Gupta founded a charitable trust by the name as “T.R. Gupta Public Charitable Trust, which will work for the welfare of the society in general. The said trust shall provide financial assistance to needy persons, healthcare schemes, education of the poor and deserving students and other genuine social activities like provision of ambulance for the healthcare institutions and also for carrying the dead bodies for cremation. He also donated 4 crores to the trust for carrying out the activities of the trust.
Besides he also donated a plot of 12 marlas costing Rs. One Crore for the use of trust.
The trust immediately after its inception started the work of welfare and benevolence, by distributing the blankets, sewing machines to the deserving widows and poor people. The trust also donated wheel chairs to handicapped persons.
Although, T.R. Gupta received countless State Level and National Level Awards, commendations and appreciations for his social acumen, benevolence, efficiency in business, sagacious decisions and life achievements, yet he always takes the blessings and good wishes of the people whose sufferings have been mitigated and wounds of deprivation healed by him as most prestigious awards.
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