Chhattisgarh is one of the India’s youngest and fastest growing State, divided in 27 districts surrounded by 6 states. The State has a low population density. Mega mineral based industries like steel, aluminum & cement are functional in the State. The State has low power generation cost due to pit head power units & its central location helps easy power transmission. The State ranks high in terms of good industrial relations and labour potentiality. 44% of the States land is under forest and 12% of India’s forest is in Chhattisgarh. 11 National highways with 2225 km length supported with good internal road network with developed infrastructure is the lifeline of industrial development. Railway network adds many fold to this Chhattisgarh has the highest freight loading railway zone in the country. The State capital Raipur, is linked to all metro cities by regular air services.

The State, with number of major perennial rivers, is self-sufficient in water resources. Average annual rain fall recorded is 1200 milli meters.
The state is the iron and steel hub of the country. The Bhilai Steel Plant of Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) produces more than 3 million tons of iron and steel per annum. In addition, substantial capacities have been set up by the private sector.
  • Chhattisgarh contributes 28 per cent of India’s sponge iron production; it has 91 plants in the sector
  • The state ranks third among all the iron-ore producing states in India
  • In 2008-09, the state produced around 32.9 million tons of iron-ore.

The state has widely occurring limestone reserves that support a strong cement sector.

  • Chhattisgarh accounts for around 5 per cent of the total limestone reserves in India
  • In 2008-09, the state produced 15.6 million tons of limestone
  • The state has nine major and 12 minor cement units; a majority of the cement production units are concentrated in the Raipur area; and
    In 2009-10, total cement production in the state was 8.7 million tons