Bhilai is a metropolitan area in India
Inhabitants: 2,025,000 (World Rank 200)
incl. Raipur
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Bhilai is the second-largest city in Chhattisgarh, India with a population of 553,837 (2001 census}. The city is located 22 km west of the capital Raipur on the Howrah-Mumbai rail line, and National Highway 6.
The word Bhilai came from the actual native tribes of this area called 'Bhilli', after them it was named Bhilai as with the formation of Bhilai Steel Plant.
The town is famous for the Bhilai Steel Plant, one of the largest in the world. Nearby mines, connected to the steel plant by specially built rail lines, supply it with iron ore, dolomite, and manganese. Some of the steel products manufactured by Bhilai Steel plant are: railway sleepers, rails, construction materials, and other steel products. Other factories in Bhilai produce chemicals, acids, and gases.
There are important companies like Simplex, ACC, BSBK Private Limited and Bhilai Engineering Corporation Ltd which started as ancillary of BSP but off late have become international entities in themselves.
The nearest big railway station is Durg, other railway stations being Bhilainagar, Bhilai Powerhouse, Kumhari and Bhilai-3. Bhilai is a known educational centre for sending large number of students to Indian Institutes of Technology. Three of the town's educational institutions viz. Delhi Public School, BSP Senior Secondary School, Sector - 10 and BSP Senior Secondary School, Sector - 4 have been exceptional in their standards of quality of education and lead the way for schools throughout the state.The city has produced 2 IIT JEE Toppers - Navin Budhiraja & Shashank Shekhar Dwivedi. Formerly a small town, Bhilai grew rapidly in the decades following the construction of the steel plant.
During 1990s and 2000's Bhilai has emerged as an excellent educational centre in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, both at school and college level. Six enginnering colleges have come up in and around the city contributing to the educational needs in technological fields for the new developing state. Bhilai Institute of Technology, Durg is the pioneer of all the engineering colleges in the state. It is the only college in the state which is offering Six Post Graduate and Six undergraduate courses in professional studies.
Beside this Chatrapati Shivaji Institute of Technology, a fast emerging engineering insitute has also contributed to the development of the area near Pisegaon, and has also emerged as one of the most beautiful structure in the city. Other colleges like M.G.M School, St. Thomas College and MP Christian College are among the pioneer Insitutes in the city
Bhilai is divided among 11 sectors. Each sector has a community hall, schools, health centers and market. Sports facilities are also maintained there are two man stadiums Pant stadium and Jayanti Stadium. Many Outdoor stadiums are also there for handball, and badminton. Main market places are Power House Market, Supela Market, Civic center, Aakash Ganga, Sector -6 'A' market.
Jawahar Lal Nehru Hospital and Apollo Hospital are two of the most prestigious hospital of the state with research work. The pace of development has increased since the formation of Chhattisgarh. The city itself is a very calm and peaceful place. Since the employees of Bhilai Steel Plant are the primary residents of the town, its population is a cosmopolitan one. Unlike other industrial towns, the residential areas in Bhilai are clean and green. Due to the employment opportunities created by the Bhilai Steel Plant, people from all over the country flock here and the culture here provides a scintillating example of "Unity in Diversity".
If you just want to check out the local hangouts, The Maitri Bagh Zoo & Park is a nice place. The colorful musical fountain & the accompanying show are a must watch. Sectors also have recerational parks where you can take a leisurely stroll. If you are serious about shopping and checking out the malls, Civic Center & Akash Ganga are must goes. Things obviously tend to get a little expensive here, so for a price concious buyer, the neighbouring Durg and Sector-6 markets offer a welcome respite.