RAIPUR -Industrial Development Post Independence

By Unknown → Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Raipur is a city in the Raipur district of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It is the capital city of the state of Chhattisgarh and is the administrative headquarters of Raipur district. It is also the largest city in Chhattisgarh. It was formerly a part of Madhya Pradesh before the state of Chhattisgarh was formed on 1 November 2000. Naya Raipur is the upcoming business hub in Chhattisgarh promoted by the state government.

Industrialization has key role to play in systematic development of Chhattisgarh. State Government has taken several significant steps to leverage development of industries in state. In last 12 years i.e. from year 2003 to present, capital investment in micro and small industries has increased by 40 times. According to the information received from Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation, capital investment in these industries in year 2003 was Rs 6 thousand 359 crores, which has grown to Rs 2 lakh 52 thousand 593 crore at present. It is noteworthy that in year 2003, number of micro and small industries in Chhattisgarh was six thousand 488, which has nearly doubled over the time to 13 thousand 284 at present. These industries were deploying nearly 16 thousand people but at present this number has reached around one lakh 6 thousand. Number of medium and large-scale industries in Chhattisgarh has also increased significantly. In 2003, number of medium-large scale industries was 26, which has increased to 156 at present. Capital investment in these industries has also hiked from Rs one thousand 885 crores to Rs 48 thousand 302 crores. These industries were providing employment to near eight thousand people in year 2003, but presently around more than 33 thousand people have been employed. Number of Mega and Ultra Mega Projects in core sector, which were 13 in year 2003 have now reached 124. Capital investment in these projects was nearly Rs 8 thousand crore in year 2003, which has increased to 52 thousand 342 crores at present. In year 2003, the state had only one new industrial area, whereas presently total 11 new industrial areas have been established in state.

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The traditional face of city has changed with Raipur becoming an important regional commercial and industrial destination for the coal, power, plywood, steel and aluminium industries. Raipur is the largest market of steel in India. Raipur is among the richest cities and India’s biggest iron market; there are about 200 steel rolling mills, 195 sponge iron plants, more than 6 steel plants, more than 60 plywood factories, 500 agro-industries and more than 35 ferro-alloy plants. There are more than 800 rice milling plants, and all major and local cement manufacturing companies (Century Cement, Ambuja, Grasim, Lafarg) have a presence in the city.
Raipur also has a big chemical plant which produces formalin and distributes throughout the country.

Raipur's economy has been based on agricultural-processing, Steel, Cement, Alloy, Poha and Rice. The city is located centrally in the state of Chhattisgarh, and now serves as a regional hub for trade and commerce for a variety of local agricultural and forest products.



raipur railway station
Raipur Junction railway station is situated on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line of the Indian Railways (via Bhusawal, Nagpur, Gondia, Bilaspur, Rourkela, Kharagpur) and is connected with some major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Sambalpur, Saugor, Katni, Itarsi, Gondia, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kota, Ahmedabad, Jaipur Visakhapatnam, etc. Raipur still lacks direct rail connectivity with Indore, Ujjain, Ratlam, Kolhapur, Jodhpur, etc. A branch line from Raipur to Vizianagaram via Mahasamund - Titlagarh originates from here and most of the produce of Chhattisgarh reaches Vishakhapatnam by this railway line. There is also a narrow gauge line connecting Raipur to Rajim and Dhamtari via Abhanpur, which is being converted to broad gauge and realigned to serve the city of Naya Raipur as well.


airport raipur
Swami Vivekananda Airport or Mana Airport is primary airport serving the state of Chhattisgarh.The airport is located, 15 km (9.3 mi) south of Raipur near Naya Raipur. After recent modernisation, is one of its kind in central India and presently connects Raipur to most of the major Metro city of India.
A new integrated terminal designed to handle 700 passengers (including 200 international flyers at a time) and covering an area of 18,500 m2 (4.6 acres) was inaugurated on 7 November 2012 by President of India Pranab Mukherjee. The new terminal will be used for domestic flights, while the proposed international terminal is being renovated to handle international operations.

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