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Bhilai
भिलाई
Metropolitan city
Bhilai Nagar Railway Station
Steel City of India
India Chhattisgarh
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81.38
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Country
India
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Chhattisgarh+
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Durg+

Municipal Corporation
Mayor+
Smt.Nirmala Yadav (congress)
Metric
452
825,697
1,064,000
2011
70
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Hindi+, Chhattisgarhi+
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'''Bhilai''' is a city in the district of Durg+, Chhattisgarh+, in eastern central India. The city is located west of the state's capital, Raipur+, on the main Howrah+Mumbai+ rail line, and National Highway 6. Bhilai is known for the Bhilai Steel Plant+, the only manufacturer of rails in the country used by Indian Railways+.

It is believed that the name "Bhilai" has been coined from the Bhil+ tribe which originally inhabited this region and continues to dwell in the nearby forests till date. As per another story, the city adopted the name of a nearby village ''Bhilai Gaon.''

Not much is known about the past of this town. Bhilai was ruled by the Haihaivanshi Rajput clan in the 12th century. The Rajputs were defeated by the Bhonsle dynasty+ in 1740 and the city became a part of the Maratha empire+. In 1853, the East India Company+ overthrew the Marathas in the region.

The city remained a part of the British Empire+ until India gained independence on August 15th, 1947. Post independence, the city shot into prominence following the establishment of the Bhilai Steel Plant+. The plant was constructed with aid from the Soviet Union+. Work on the plant began in 1950 and was finally completed in 1959. Bhilai Steel Plant was inaugurated by the first Indian President Dr. Rajendra Prasad+.


In the 2011 census, Durg-Bhilainagar Urban Agglomeration had a population of 1,064,077.
Durg-Bhilainagar Urban Agglomeration includes: Durg (M Corp.), Bhilai Nagar (M Corp.)+, Dumar dih (part) (OG), Bhilai Charoda (M), Jamul (M), Kumhari (M), Ahmed Nagar (Camp-02), Farid Nagar and Utai (NP).

The climate is pleasant and mild in the winter (minimum temperature 10 °C, , and minimum humidity.

* Anurag Basu+, movie director
* Rajesh Chauhan+, former Indian cricketer
* Saba Anjum Karim+, hockey player
* Omkar Das Manikpuri+, Indian stage and film actor
* Teejan Bai+, exponent of Pandavani
* Amit Sana+, runner-up in ''Indian Idol 1''
* Mohammad Aeltemesh+, advocate Supreme Court of India
* Anupama Bhagwat+, sitar player
* Arundhati Bhattacharya+, first female chairperson of State Bank of India (SBI)

* List of cities in Chhattisgarh+
* Chhattisgarh+

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Chhattisgarh:
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Bhilai+ Bhilai is a city in the district of Durg, Chhattisgarh, in eastern central India. The city is located 32 kilometres (20 mi) west of the state's capital, Raipur, on the main Howrah–Mumbai rail line, and National Highway 6. Bhilai is known for the Bhilai Steel Plant, the only manufacturer of rails in the country used by Indian Railways.
Bhilai Charoda+ Charoda is a town and a municipality in Durg district in the state of Chhattisgarh, India.
Bhilai Steel Plant+ The Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), located in Bhilai, in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, is India's first and main producer of steel rails, as well as a major producer of wide steel plates and other steel products.
Bhilai Institute of Technology – Durg+ The Bhilai Institute of Technology (BIT) (Hindi: भिलाई प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान – दुर्ग) is the first self-financed engineering college in Central India.
 NSPCL Bhilai Power Plant+ The NSPCL Bhilai Power Plant is a coal-fired captive power station at Bhilai in Durg district, Chhattisgarh, India.
 Bhilai Nagar (Vidhan Sabha constituency)+ Bhilai Nagar is a constituency in the Durg (Lok Sabha constituency) in the State of Chhattisgarh. Prem Prakash Pandey is the current serving Member of the Legislative Assembly from this constitency.
 Bhilai Engineering Corporation+ Bhilai Engineering Corporation Limited (BEC Limited) is a diversified Indian company with interests in heavy engineering, foundry, EPC Projects, fertilizers and agro-inputs, and processed foods.