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Bokaro Steel City
Memorial commemorating 50 years of Indian Independence
Bokaro Steel City
Location of Bokaro Steel City
in Jharkhand and India
Coordinates 23°40′N 86°09′E / 23.67°N 86.15°E / 23.67; 86.15
Country  India
State Jharkhand
District(s) Bokaro
Population
Density
648966 (2001)
8,760 /km2 (22,688 /sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Area
Elevation
183 km2 (71 sq mi)
210 m (689 ft)
Website www.bokaro.nic.in

Bokaro Steel City (Hindi: बोकारो स्टील सिटि) About this sound pronunciation is an Industrial city situated in the State of Jharkhand, in India. It is the home of the largest steel plant in India, and several other medium and small industries. Bokaro is the headquarters of the Bokaro district as well as Koylanchal range (Bokaro, Dhanbad and Giridih). It is also one of the three headquarters of Police IG zone, apart from Ranchi and Dumka, covering seven districts- Hazaribagh, Dhanbad, Giridih, Koderma, Chatra, Bokaro, and Ramgarh.[1]

Situated on the Chhota Nagpur Plateau, the vast rolling topography of the city is typical, strewn by graded valleys and winding streams. In this setting, within a short period of three decades, a new city with a strong multi-dimensional economic base and became as a educational hub not for this region but for the entire nation, has blossomed into a regional urban centre of around a million people drawn from different parts of the country, giving the city the character of Mini India.

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History

Formerly there was a village named Maraphari deep in the jungles of ChotaNagpur. The closest village cluster was Chas. Purulia was the closest town and the area was ruled by the Maharaja of Kashipur. Folk lores have it that this area came under Mughal rule by the conquests of Man Singh. The region was named ManBhoom after him (VeerBhoom and SinghBhoom are the neighbouring regions also named after him, Veer Man Singh).

This remote place came into prominence when Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru planned to build the first swadeshi steel plant with the help of the Soviets. The proximity to coal, iron ore, manganese, and other raw materials had helped in the selection of this place. The steel plant was originally incorporated as a limited company on 29 January 1964, and was later merged with SAIL and came to be known as Bokaro Steel Limited(BSL). The late 1960s and early 1970s saw heavy construction of the steel plant as well as the township. The first blast furnace started on 2 October 1972.

The Sector III and Camp I and II were the first to come in the township followed by Sectors II, IX, IV and so on. The first private school came in the form of St. Xavier's School which the Jesuits from Hazaribagh built on invitation from the BSL management. The 1980s saw rapid development of the township with new sectors coming up, new schools, parks, zoos and other public amenities coming up. Township development ceased with the completion of IV/F and IV/G. In all Bokaro Steel City consists of 12 sectors out of which sectors VII & X do not exist.

The late 1990s saw sprucing up of the City Park and creation of islands, new schools and the success of Bokaro's students in all India level competition exams, specially IIT's. During this period Bokaro also emerged as the eastern hub for academics. Bokaro also boasts of having a unique cosmopolitan culture as the population consists of people belonging to all parts of India.

Geography

Bokaro is located in the eastern part of India at 23°17′N 86°05′E / 23.29°N 86.09°E / 23.29; 86.09[2] It is located in picturesque surroundings on the southern bank of river Damodar with Garga, one of its tributaries meandering along the southern and eastern outskirts of the city. On the north, the city is flanked by the high ranges of the Parasnath Hills and on the south just beyond the river Garga, it is enveloped by the Satanpur hillocks. Two artificial cooling ponds have been built for use in steel making. A dam on river Garga has been built to supply water to the township as well as the steel plant, but due to ever increasing demand Tenughat dam is supplementing it.

Demographics

As of 2001 India census, Bokaro Steel City had a population of 497,000.[3] Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Bokaro Steel City has an average literacy rate of 86%, higher than the national average of 59.5%, with male literacy of 96% and female literacy of 74%.

Economy

Apart from the existing Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL), the district has Electrosteel Integrated Limited (EIL) in Chandankyari(15 km from City) which will begin production soon. Besides, Steel minister Virbhadra Singh last month announced another new steel plant for Bokaro as part of a joint venture most probably with POSCO[4]. And, if things work according to plan, it will be contributing around 30 million tonne steel to the world market in 10 years from now.Apart from the number of steel plants, Bokaro will get a cement plant, three power plants and ONGC's coal bed methane production unit. The Jaypee group, along with BSP, will also set up a cement plant in BIADA. Bokaro Power Supply Corporation Private Limited, a joint venture of Damodar Valley Corporation and BSL, will be coming up with a 450 MW power plant. Besides EIL and Mittal have also come up with power plants.

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SAIL

Steel Plant

The economy of the Steel City is heavily depended on the Steel Plant which is the primary source of income for the employees. After the 2001 downturn, steel prices hardened due to huge rise in consumption by China and India. This resulted in huge profits by SAIL which crossed a record Rs 6000 crores (USD 1.3 Bn)[5] by the end of FY' 06.

BIADA

The primary economy is supplemented by BIADA (Bokaro Industrial Area Development Authority)governing three districts Bokaro, Dhanbad, Giridih - which is an industrial area supplying most of the industrial supplies for the for large, medium and small companies, and there are some small mills making finished products out of steel as well as cement from the slag.

Upcoming mega projects

  • Modernisation of BSL[6] and extend its capacity from 4.5 MT to 7 MT before 2011. In the same way, further plan for SAIL to extend BSL capacity to 17 MT before 2020. Apart from this a SAIL Greenfield steel plant is planned to set up before 2015, capacity of 5 MT. So before 2020 BSL total capacity goes up to 22 MT, appx. double the present capacity (13 MT) of SAIL all Steel Plants.
  • ArcelorMittal[7][8] Steel giant ArcelorMittal is looking to set up a 12 million tonne greenfield plant in Bokaro. The company is now looking for 8000 acres of land but primarily take 2,500 acre of land at Petarwar/Kasmar (in Bokaro district) just 20 km from City, nearby on NH-23. The Company has been allocated 32-35 million cubic meter (mcm) of water to be drawn from the Tenughat dam.
  • Reliance Steel Plant[9] Billionaire Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Infrastructure has identified three potential sites in Jharkhand for setting up the Rs 40,000-crore, 12 million tonne integrated greenfield steel project in which most appropriate and final location is Bokaro(On NH-32, Near Damodar Bridge).
  • SAIL-POSCO JV Steel Plant steel minister Virbhadra Singh last month announced another new steel plant for Bokaro as part of a joint venture most probably with Posco[10].
  • Bhushan Steel has also acquired land for its steel plant, capacity of 3MT/annum.
  • Electrosteel Castings Limited[11][12] A European steel major has acquired 2500 acres of land 18 km from the city and is setting up 3.5 MTPA steel plant in there. They have invested close to Rs 80 Bn on this project which is expected to be operational in FY 2010-11.
  • SAIL and Jaypee Cement[13] has a JV of 50:50 to set up a Cement Factory of capacity 2 MT by waste product of steel plant.
  • DVC and SAIL[14] has a joint venture of 50:50 to extend the capacity of Bokaro power plant from 500 MW to 1000 MW.
  • ONGC[15] has started exploring Methane Gas for Commercial use from Parbhatpur (10 km from Bokaro).

Markets

Classic and idbi, City centre

The primary economy is supported by the services sector. The city market situated at the center of the city in Sector 4 is full of shops. Of late a lot of shops selling computer hardware have come up along with a lot of computer training institutes making Bokaro a hub of computer studies for the region. The old chas bazaar still remains a cheap option of wholesale market, and dundi baag is one of the biggest vegetable market for the region. Besides these, each sector has its own small shopping center catering to the day to day needs of the people.

  • City Centre, Sector 4 - The city center is the main shopping district of the city.
  • Ram Mandir- This market is located in sector 1, 3 km from City centre.
  • Chas- The wholesale market of district.
  • Dhundibag- The wholesale market for Vegetable/crockery and local and traditional utensils.
  • Cooperative colony- From electonic to medical store, beauty parlor to restaurant.
  • Sector-9 market- Centre market of sector 9 is also a busy market located northward of city.
  • Sector-6 market- centre market of sector 6 located 4 km from City centre.
  • Laxmi Market - located just 1 km from City Centre is famous for fruits and non veg items.
  • Sector-12 Market- centre market of sector 12 located 6 km from City centre.
  • Sector-3 Market- centre market of sector 3 located 1 km from City centre.
  • Sector-5 Market- centre market of sector 5 located 3 km from City centre.

Malls and multiplexes

After a long period Bokaro administration has taken a step to turn Bokaro as a shopping hub for this region. An anti-encroachment drive has been launched in the steel city to make way for malls and multiplexes. The BSL administration, keen on ushering in the mall-plex culture of metros here, has prepared an ambitious blueprint to develop shopping destinations and multiple-screen theaters.To give an improved look to this planned city for the residents of this steel city and in a move to turn it into model township, Bokaro steel top bosses convened a meeting of its top officials including directors in which it was decided to build more shopping complexes, malls and multiplexes in sector IV, sector V, sector XI and in vacant lands behind the residences of Deputy Commissioner and Inspector General of the coal belt.Official sources stated that several projects for construction of multiplexes and shopping malls are in the pipeline and Bokaro steel was committed to beautify the green growing city which is fast turning into industrial hub with its new projects.[16][17]

Upcoming entertainment projects

  • The Bokaro Mall - With a cost of Rs 40 crore, The Bokaro Mall-cum-multiplex will soon be come up in the heart of the city to cater the needs of growing population of Bokaro Steel City. This new mall would be established in the two acres of land with Three Screens- Movie Time of Fame, Big Bazar, Restaurants, Food Court, Club with facilities of Sauna Bath, Steam Bath, Gym and Swimming Pool also. JP Agarwal who is the best architect in Eastern India has designed the multiplex which would equip with all modern facilities and would be publicly by 2011.[18]

Places of interest

Languages spoken: Hindi, Magadhi, Magahi, Urdu, Bengali (Khortha), Kurmali, Oriya, Maithili, English, Bhojpuri, Santhali and Murmu

Bokaro Steel Plant Main Gate
  • Bokaro Steel Plant - Bokaro Steel Plant(23°40′16″N 86°06′16″E / 23.671136°N 86.104531°E / 23.671136; 86.104531[19]) is one of the largest steel mills in the country, with an output capacity of more than five million tonnes of salable steel. The plant also has a captive power plant, now being run by Bokaro power Supply Company Ltd., a 50–50 joint venture between SAIL and DVC. The plant is undergoing a huge modernization program, and the increased demand for steel over the last couple of years saw all the blast furnaces in the company becoming operational together for the first time. The company has about 30000 employees on its rolls as of 2005. The plant is fully integrated.
  • Garga Dam - Garga Dam is located around 12 km from the City Centre, Near to railway station on the NH-23. It is a picnic spot for the denizens of Bokaro. The green surroundings and variety of aquatic habitat residing in and around Garga Dam lures the school excursions and biological expeditions to this place. This dam is constructed for the use of steel plant as well as for the water supply for its people.
  • Parasnath Hills - Parasnath Hills are a range of hills located in Giridih district of Jharkhand. The highest peak is 1350 metres. In Jainism, the Parasnath hills are referred to as Shri Sammet Shikhar Teerth (Shikharji). They are one of the two most prominent Jain pilgrimage centers, the other being Shetrunjaya, located in Gujarat state of Western India. The hill is named after Parasnath, the 23rd Tirthankara. Twenty of the twenty-four Jain Tirthankaras attained salvation on this hill. According to some, nine Tirthakaras attained salvation on this hill. For each of them there is a shrine (gumti or tuk) on the hill. Some of the temples on the hill are believed to be more than 2,000 years old. However, although the place is habited from ancient times, the temples may be of more recent origin. The Santhals call it Marang Buru, the hill of the deity. They celebrate a hunting festival on the full moon day in Baisakh (mid April).
  • Rajrappa - It is a tourist place and is famous for the 'Chinnamasta Temple' which is situated on the bank of the confluence of rivers Bhairavi and Damodar. The temple itself is nestled amidst dense plantation 8 kilometres away from the Colony. The place gets its name from the temple which is known as 'Rajrappa Mandir'. Rajrappa is just 60 km from the Bokaro Steel City.
  • Bokaro Ispat Pustakalaya - Located near Bokaro Hotel, it has a collection of over 40,000 books (including some valuable manuscript) that meets the reading requirements of the people in the township. It is managed by the management of the steel plant.
  • City Centre, Sector-4 - The city center is the main shopping district of the city. Recent years have seen it grow more than threefold in size. The difference of this market and most other major markets in Indian cities happens to be the planning of the market. There is ample parking space, and the approach roads, as well as those inside the market are wide. The place houses almost all major Indian banks, has various shops in the city for clothing, electronics, and the best food joints. It used to be home for the only cinema theaters in the city, but only two of them (Jeetendra and Pali Plaza) is operational now. The latest comers to the market are coaching institutes, small clinics, and hospitals. Their rate of growth shows the demand these services have in the city.
  • Buddha Vihar - This pious place is located in Sector-IV/D. This is the single place in Bokaro for the Buddhists religious gathering.
  • Gayatri Mandir - Located in Sector-9/A. People use to visit the place during the morning and evening time for the daily prayer. Navmi puja at Gayatri mandir is also famous. Khichri is distributed as the prasad on the occasion of Navmi puja.
  • Aaiyappa Mandir - Located in Sector-5, it is an important social, cultural and religious meeting place for people from the South.
  • Ram Mandir - Located in the Sector-1/C is the most famous mandir dedicated to Lord Ram and smaller other mandirs encircling it dedicated to other gods and goddesses. The Ram Mandir market is also famous for its coffee house, batata poori, chat, samosa, phuchka and famous egg-rolls. Ram Mandir houses one of the oldest markets of Bokaro. The airport is 1 km from Ram Mandir.
Jagannath Temple, Sector 4
  • Jagannath Temple - Located in Sector-4, the newly built Jagannath temple is another attraction. The temple is a replica of the famous temple in Puri, Orissa.
  • Kali Mandir - Located in Sector-8, it is one of the oldest temples of the city. As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to one of the incarnations of Shakti, Goddess Kali. Besides the religious activities it is also a major socializing place for the Bengalis of the city. The temple organizes an annual painting competition attended by hundreds of students from the schools of the city.
  • City Park - Bokaro has a City Park with an artificial lake. Recently three artificial islands have also been added. These islands were designed in Japanese style. The park used to have some animals but they were all transferred to the Jawaharlal Botanical Garden in the early 90s. There is a small guest house that is used to host parties for visiting dignitaries. A small restaurant, Vasant Vihar stands at the eastern edge of the lake. There is a small toy train which runs for some time early every year. The park hosts an annual Basant Mela (Spring Fiesta) early February. The southern part of the park is used by thousands during the annual Chhatth puja in October/November.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park - The biggest zoological garden in Jharkhand was built in the late 80s and early 90s. It has animals and birds from different parts of the world, with the big cats being the biggest attractions. The zoo came into limelight after multiple breedings of white tigers, royal Bengal tigers, and the Asiatic lion over a short span of time. The cubs were sent to different zoos in India and abroad, since the available resources were not good enough to cater to the needs of so many big cats. Boating is allowed in the artificial lake created within the park. There is also a kids corner near bear cage and adjacent to it is a small dam.
  • Chas - Once a small grain trading hub of the region, this town first became famous during the Second World War when the British government used it as a base to supply soldiers fighting on the eastern front against the Japanese. After the decision of Government of India to establish the Bokaro Steel Plant it gained in stature. It was the administrative headquarters of the area when Bokaro was a part of Dhanbad district, and later when Bokaro became a district. Recently the headquarters were moved to the steel township. Chas continues to be a trading hub, but has declined in importance after the rise of the township to the west.
  • Babudih - A village in Chas Block famous for 75-foot (23 m) high tower.
  • Pupunki Ashram - The last Kasba in the Bokaro Dhanbad route is Pupunki. The village, along with its fields and captive fishery ponds is squeezed between NH-32, Bokaro-Chandrapura Railway line and the Damodar river. Opposite to this village across the NH-32 is the pious Pupunki Ashram "The Multiversity". Established by Akhanda Mandaleshwer Sri Sri Swami Swarupananda Paramhansha Deva, popularly known as Babamani. This Ashram was an age old home for Gurus who used to harbour Gaushalas with hundreds of students being imparted scientific and spiritual knowledge in the past. One can still see the remnants of the past with many rituals still intact in this Ashram. This place is also a popular picnic spot these days.
  • Chandrapura - A town famous for Chandrapura Thermal Power Station, a unit of Damodar Valley Corporation. It was a major source of pollution for the adjoining areas owing to the coal-based generators, but things changed after electrostatic precipitators were installed in the chimneys, and large-scale afforestation was carried out. The town lies on the northern edge of perhaps the most polluted river in the world, the Damodar.
  • Bokaro (Thermal) - A town famous for Bokaro Thermal Power Station, a unit of Damodar Valley Corporation(DVC).It is the oldest power plant of Asia. It has two power plants BTPS-A and BTPS-B.BTPS-B generates 600 MW of electricity.
  • Tenughat - Headquarters of Bermo SubDivision, famous for Tenughat Dam and Tenughat Thermal Power Station.
  • Pindrajora - It is a small village around 20 km from Bokaro. It hosts the only Primary Teachers Training College of Dhanbad and Bokaro. It also has a State Government Basic School and a Sarvodaya high school.

Education

Besides the steel plant, Bokaro is also known for what the students from the city have achieved over the years. Today students from all over the state and elsewhere come to the city to make a difference to their professional lives. The city has provided myriads IITians, Doctors, and civil servants (IAS, IPS, IFS officers) to the country. IIT rank one also came from this city.

The city has a plethora of esteemed schools affiliated to the central and state education boards. The more famous ones (in alphabetic order) are Bokaro public School, Crescent Public School, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, DAV Public School, Delhi Public School, Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Holy Cross School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, MGM Senior Secondary School, Pentecostal Assembly School, PTJM Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Sree Ayyappa Public School, Kairali Springdale, St.Mary's School, St. Xavier's School, six Bokaro Ispat Vidyalayas and five Bokaro Ispat Senior Secondary School. There are schools run under the aegis of the steel plant management, and some run by the state government.

The city has many technical institutes providing training in the field of Software, Hardware & Multimedia. There are many small institutes providing coaching to those preparing for competitive examinations and also teaching how to speak English. Most of these institutes are located in and around the City Centre, which is at the heart of Bokaro.

The students from the city schools are well known to excel in numerous public competitive examinations specially in engineering and medical streams. The wave of success was started by Prasoon Kumar who topped IIT JEE in 1993. Subsequent years saw students from the city excelling in all major entrance examinations of the country. Bokaro is dream destination for IIT JEE and CBSE Medical Aspirants as the education here is quite focused towards competitive exams. The city also boasts of very large expatriate population in US, UAE, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Most of these people graduated from schools in the city in the eighties and nineties, before moving to some other city, and finally out of the country.

Sports & Culture

Sports

BSL has created sports facilities for football and athletics at the Mohan Kumar Mangalam Stadium and Senapati cricket stadium. Railways Stadium in Balidih also provide good infrastructure for athletics and football games. It also has facilities for indoor sports like table tennis, badminton, chess, billiards and outdoor sports like swimming, tennis, etc. for its people.

The SAIL Football Academy students' team has three Subroto Cup to its credit. Manik Biswas and L Lalchhuan Maviah are the latest crop of Academy talents have been selected in the under-17 national football team.

Peter Thangaraj (1936 – November 24, 2008) was an Indian football player. Thangaraj played for the Indian national side at the 1956 Melbourne and 1960 Rome Olympics. He was Voted Asia’s best goalkeeper in 1958. Thangaraj was a recipient of Arjuna Award for the year 1967.

Shahbaz Nadeem is a Slow left-arm orthodox bowler for Indian U-19 cricket team. He had also played for Bihar Under-14s and currently plays for Jharkhand team.

Praveen Kumar , the international volleyball player from city has won gold medals for country in FIVB Rashid Memorial Championship at Dubai(UAE) in 1996 and 1997. He also won gold medals in tri series at Mauritius in 1993 besides giving golden performance in National University Championship at Solan in 1994.

Pratima Kumari, Anita and Bela Rani have won laurels in national and international events of weightlifting. Pratima has won a Bronze medal for the country in the Commonwealth Games, while Anita fetched an Asian Games Bronze. Bela has been a Gold medal winner in the National Games.

There are facilities for learning several games from professionally qualified coaches, such as volleyball, basketball, handball, table tennis, kabaddi and khokho.

Culture

Bokaro Sangeet Kala Academy offers learning opportunities in many a fine art, especially classical music. The students also get opportunities to showcase their talent and training amidst august gatherings. Kala Kendra in Sector - 2 is another center for Arts and Culture.Besides, the schools of Bokaro also provide courses in music, dance, arts and culture to the students to help them develop into well rounded individuals.

Festivals like Dussera,Diwali, Eid and Chhath Puja are celebrated with enthusiasm across the township.The cosmopolitan nature of the place has resulted into a culture which is a melting pot of cultures from all across the country. The clubs and community centers, along with the many social organisations, are fulcrums of socio-cultural activities in the township.

Health services

Bokaro General Hospital

The township has a modern 910-bed Bokaro General Hospital (BGH) with specialised units like Critical Care Unit, Intensive Coronary Care Unit, Haemodialysis Unit, Nuclear Medicine Laboratory, etc. The Child Care Unit of BGH has been recognised as a Baby Friendly Hospital by UNICEF. The Blood Bank of BGH has been given the status of Regional Training Centre by Government of India. It is the only blood bank in the state of Jharkhand, which has been recognised to impart training to blood bank officers and technicians in Jharkhand.

To take care of the employees working in the plant, an Occupational Health Services Centre with modern facilities has been provided within the plant premises. Bokaro General Hospital is recognised by the Indian Medical Council for imparting training to Housemen and Interns and also by the Nursing Council of India for training of Student Nurses. Bokaro General Hospital has the distinction of being the only one in Jharkhand being recognised by the National Board of Examinations, New Delhi as a centre for imparting post-graduate training to candidates appearing for the Diplomat of National Board examinations. The medical team boasts of around 200 skilled doctors and over 1000 paramedic staff.

The 10 neighbourhood health centres provide primary health services to people for minor ailments and are a valuable network during free immunization drives.

A new Dental college has came up in Sector-6 of 120 bed capacity. Also Jharkhand government has planned a medical college of 1000 bed capacity in the city. Apart from these more than 2 dozens of Private hospital and nursing home serving health service in the city.

Transportation

Bokaro steel city Station
Airport

Railway

Bokaro steel city is well connected with all parts of the country by rail as well as road. Bokaro Steel City is the main station of the city situated at 12 km from City Centre. All mail/express trains including Rajdhani and Shatabdi stop here.

  • Railway Stations in Metropolitan area: Bokaro steel city, Tupkadih (Industrial area), Radhagaon, Chas Road, Ispat Nagar(Sector-9).

Road

Bokaro also lies on the junction of NH-32 and NH-23. NH-32 passes through Chas whereas NH-23 passes through the main city.

Naya More is the main Bus Stand planned for 1000 buses at a time. Bus stand is divided into platforms for each private buses. A Government Bus stand is just adjacent to main Bus stand. Besides Naya More there are two more bus stand, Basanti More in Sector-9 and Dharamshala more in Chas. Recently direct Volvo bus service from City centre and Naya More to Kolkata have been started.

  • Main Bus terminals - Naya More, Basanti More, Dharamsala More.

Private cars and taxi facilities are available everywhere in the city. Regular commuting in the city is supported by numerous trekkers, autos, rickshaws and mini buses. The city boasts well maintained roads in whole state as the maintenance is under authority of Steel Plant.

Air

Bokaro Steel city airport is used only by private carriers of Sail and dignitaries, but now government has taken an initiative to operate regular flight to major cities within state and nation of Indian airlines and private carriers. Now with Durgapur, Bokaro is among the first cities where private airport[20] will be built within 3 years apart from the existing airports.

Hospitality

Hotels in Bokaro include various hotels, economy hotels and budget hotels.

Hotel

  • Hotel Hans Regency (3 Star), Ram Mandir, Sector-1
  • Hotel Limcas (3 Star), Ram Mandir, Sector-1
  • Bokaro Hotel (3 Star), Sector-5
  • Hotel Classic, City Centre
  • Hotel Blue Diamond, Naya More
  • Hotel Reliance, Naya More
  • Hotel Panah, Naya More
  • Hotel Malti Mahal, City Centre
  • Hotel Hiltop, City Centre
  • Hotel Nilkamal, Chas

Restaurant

  • NatKhat, City centre
  • Ginger, City Centre
  • Shaan-e-Punjab, City Centre
  • Sher-e-pujab, Chas
  • Khatir(Limcas), Sector-1
  • Hans Regency Multicuisine, Sector-1
  • Vasant Vihar, City Park
  • Rainbow, City Centre
  • Mirch Masala, City Centre
  • Kozy sweets, City Centre
  • Khata Mitha, City Centre
  • Manpasand, Co-operative Colony
  • Murg Mushlam, City Centre
  • Zaika (Bokaro Club), Sector-5
  • Sweet Valley, City Centre
  • Kwality Restaurent (Hotel Reliance), Naya More
  • Sweet India,Chas

Bar

  • Mehfil (Hans Regency)
  • Daawat (Hotel Classic)
  • Bokaro Club (Sec.5)
  • Ispat Club (sec.4)
  • Blue Diamond.
  • Blue Moon Bar & Restaurant (City Centre).

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References

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

City Park
City Park
Bokaro Steel City is a city in Jharkhand and one of the most important industrial cities in the Eastern Region. Population of the City Urban area is more than 1,000,000 with area above than 200 sq.km. The city is very planned with wide 4/6 lane roads across the city, a good sewage system , 24 hour electricity supply and the Greenest Environment in the region. Bokaro is famous for its biggest steel plant as well as for education.

Get in

By rail

Bokaro is well connected through rail from all parts of India.

Airport to Ram Mandir
Airport to Ram Mandir

Bokaro Steel City is sitauted on the junction of NH-32 and NH-23 which link it to the state capital Ranchi, Patna, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad and other major towns. NH-2(GT Road) is just 50 km away from the City. Other state highway connect the city with the nearby town and area.Bokaro is connected through direct 2 VOLVO service providers to Kolkata. City has 3 bus terminal from where more than 1000 buses/mini buses departed in all directions.

By air

Bokaro has a air strip but for private use of Steel Authority of India. The nearest commercial airport is at Ranchi a distance of 120 km. There is a civil airport at Dhanbad.

Get around

Best Season : October to March.

  • Jainamore- A one of the 42 villages in Jaridih block of Bokaro. It is around 7 km away from the Bokaro steel city railway station. Large number of displaced person from Asansol, Ravatdih, Mahuaar, Kanchnpur and Kundori are living and working in Steel Authority in Indian Ltd. It is on the NH-23.
  • Babudih - A village in Chas Block famous for 75 foot (23 m) high tower.
  • Pupunki Ashram - The last Kasba in the Bokaro Dhanbad route is Pupunki. The village, along with its fields and captive fishery ponds is squeezed between NH-32, Bokaro-Chandrapura Railway line and the Damodar river. Opposite to this village across the NH-32 is the pious Pupunki Ashram "The Multiversity". Established by Akhanda Mandaleshwer Sri Sri Swami Swarupananda Paramhansha Deva, popularly Known as Babamani. This Ashram was an age old home for Gurus who used to harbour Gaushalas with 100s of students being imparted scientific and spiritual knowledge in the past. One can still see the reminents of the past with many rituals still intact in this Ashram. This place is also a popular picnic spot these days.
  • Chandrapura - A town famous for Chandrapura Thermal Power Station, a unit of Damodar Valley Corporation. It was a big source of pollution for the adjoining areas owing to the coal based generators, but things changed after electrostatic precipitators were installed in the chimneys, and large scale afforestation was carried out. The town lies on the northern edge of perhaps the most polluted river in the world, the Damodar.
  • Tenughat - Madharcoda area sector 9 'B' street - 15 SubDivision, famous for Tenughat Dam and Tenughat Thermal Power Station.
  • Gawai Dam - A good picnic spot near Pindrajora on Purulia road .It is at a distance of 15 km. from the city. The picnic spot is likable because of the flow of a stream due to leaving of water from the dam.
Largest Steel Plant
Largest Steel Plant
City Centre
City Centre
Aaiyappa Mandir
Aaiyappa Mandir
Jagannath Temple
Jagannath Temple
Rose Garden,City Park
Rose Garden,City Park
Zoo
Zoo
  • Bokaro Steel Plant One of the largest steel mills in the country, with an output capacity of more than five million tonnes of salable steel. The plant also has a captive power plant, now being run by Bokaro power Supply Company Ltd., a 50-50 joint venture between SAIL and DVC. The plant is undergoing a huge modernization program, and the increased demand for steel over the last couple of years saw all the blast furnaces in the company becoming operational together for the first time. The company has about 30000 employees on its rolls as of 2005. Its a fully integrated Steel plant hence a visit here will give you a first hand experience of Steel making from Raw Material Handling, Coke Ovens, Blast Furnace to Steel Melting Shops and Rolling Mills where you see the finished product. Wikimapia: Aerial view of the plant with details.
  • Garga Dam, near Bokaro Steel City (about 12 km from city center). It is a famous picnic spot for the denizens of Bokaro. Lustrous green surroundings and variety of aquatic habitat residing in and around Garga Dam lures the school excursions and biological expeditions to this place. This dam is constructed for the use of steel plant as well as for the water supply for its people.
  • Bokaro Ispat Pustakalaya, near Bokaro Hotel. Has a collection of over 40,000 books (including some valuable manuscript) that meets the reading requirements of the people in the township. It is managed by the management of the steel plant.
  • City Centre, Sector 4 - The city center is the main shopping district of the city. Recent years have seen it grow more than threefold in size. The difference of this market and most other major markets in Indian cities happens to be the planning of the market. There is ample parking space, and the approach roads, as well as those inside the market are wide. The place houses almost all major Indian banks, has the best shops in the city for clothing, electronics, and the best food joints. You can find anything from a needle to a car in the market. It used to be home for the only cinema theaters in the city, but only two of them (Jeetendra and Pali Plaza) is operational now. The latest comers to the market are coaching institutes, small clinics, and hospitals. Their rate of growth shows the demand these services have in the city.
  • Gayatri Mandir, in Sector-9/A. People use to visit the place during the morning and evening time for the daily prayer. Navmi puja at Gayatri mandir is also famous. Khichri is distributed as the prasad on the occasion of Navmi puja.
  • Aaiyappa Mandir, in sector 5, it is an important social, cultural and religious meeting place for people from the South.
  • Ram Mandir, in the sector 1 is the most famous mandir dedicated to Lord Ram and smaller other mandirs encircling it dedicated to other gods and goddesses. The Ram Mandir market is also famous for its coffee house , batata poori, chat, samosa, phuchka, and famous egg-rolls. It is advisable to be cautious of Pandas of Ram Mandir. Ram Mandir houses one of the oldest markets of Bokaro. The airport is one kilometer from Ram Mandir.
  • Jagannath Temple, Located in Sector 4, the newly built Jagannath temple is an another attraction. The temple is a replica of the famous temple in Puri, Orissa.
  • Kali Mandir - Located in sector 8, it is one of the oldest temples of the city. As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to one of the incarnations of Shakti, Goddess Kali. Besides the religious activities it is also a major socializing place for the Bengalis of the city. The temple organizes an annual painting competition attended by hundreds of students from the schools of the city.
  • City Park. Bokaro has a well maintained City Park with an artificial lake. Recently three artificial islands have also been added. These islands were designed in Japanese style. The park used to have some small animals but they were all transferred to the Jawaharlal Botanical Garden in the early 90s. There is a small guest house that is used to host parties for visiting dignitaries. A small restaurant also stands at the eastern edge of the lake. There is a small toy train that is run for some time early every year. The park hosts an annual Basant Mela (Spring Fiesta) in early February. The southern part of the park is used by thousands during the annual Chhatth puja in October/November. A new small beautiful park opened in 1ST January2007 to make city park more beautiful and make people more enjoy chat new year picnic.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park - The biggest zoological garden in Jharkhand was built in the late 80s and early 90s. It has animals and birds from different parts of the world, with the big cats being the biggest attractions. The zoo came into limelight after multiple breedings of white tigers, royal bengal tigers, and the Asiatic lion over a short span of time. The cubs were sent to different zoos in India and abroad, since the available resources were not good enough to cater to the needs of so many big cats. Boating is allowed in the artificial lake created within the park. There is also a kids corner near bear cage and adjacent to it is a small dam. Now the facility of toy train is also available inside.
  • NOORI MASJID ,in sector 4 big mosque in city the muslim come for tubliq from all over world
  • Chas - Once a small grain trading hub of the region, this town first became famous during the Second World War when the British Government used it as a base to supply soldiers fighting on the eastern front against the Japanese. After the decision of Government of India to establish the Bokaro Steel Plant it gained in stature. It was the administrative headquarters of the area when Bokaro was a part of Dhanbad district, and later when Bokaro became a district. Recently the headquarters were moved to the steel township. Chas continues to be a trading hub, but has declined in importance after the rise of the township to the west.
  • Siwandih. A suburb which houses a large number of migrants from Bihar living and working in the Steel mill. The area is situated in west part of Bokaro near Bokaro Railway Station. The Garga Dam is nearby to this place. Azad Nagar is area in Siwandih two mosques are there in this area. Two of big Idgah one in millat nager is also in this area for Muslims prayer for ID and IDU'L Zuha. Popular neighborhoods in Siwandih are Bansgora, Islampur, Makhdumpur,Millat nager and Haisabatu.
  • Mohan kumar Mangalam Stadium. It is very well maintained stadia by SAIL having capacity of 30000. It also the trainning centre and headquater of SAIL football academy.
  • Chira Chas. This area is real estate hub for the City.Many New colonies came up at this place.

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The best time to visit Bokaro is from October till March. One can enjoy the festivities through Durga Puja, Diwali ,X Mas and the new year which the city celebrates with great fervor. Bokaro can boast of several beautiful lakes and picnic spots in its vicinity and citizens of Bokaro are known for their fascination for picnics, which are organized by Bokaro Steel plant Departments, housing societies and individuals in the months of December till January. The Garga Dam, in particular (Near Bokaro Railway station/Balidih) is one of the favorite picnic spots for city's denizens. Nature lovers can find solace in the city’s wide sprawling roads, lined with luscious green trees, and the city park. Those who love shopping can visit the vast shopping arcades of City Centre, Sector 4. Organizations such as Quality circle (BSL) regularly host plays at community centers, located in each of the sectors. If you want to get a taste of small town India, which is rapidly evolving along the by lanes of development and prosperity, come to Bokaro. You would not be disappointed.

  • City Centre, Sector 4 - The city center is the main shopping district of the city.
  • Ram Mandir- This market is located in sector 1, 3 km from City centre.
  • Chas- The wholesale market of distric.
  • Dhundibag- The wholesale market for Vegitable/crockery and local and traditional utensils.
  • Cooperative colony- From electonic to medical store , from beuty parlor to restaurant every thing is here.
  • Sector-9 market- Centre market of sector 9 is also a busy market located northward of city.
  • Sector-6 market- centre market of sector 6 located 4 km from City centre.
  • Laxmi Market - located just 1km from City Centre is famous for fruits and non veg items.
  • Centre Market, Sec 12
  • Vasant Vihar, City Park - Beautiful restaurant, set by the City park lake. One of the most scenic eating joints, one can found in India. It is a favorite with tourists who visit City Park for boating and sightseeing.
  • Sher –e-Punjab, City Centre – A bit claustrophobic restaurant, located at City center, but specializes in great Punjabi food, and is managed professionally.
  • Kozi Corner, City Centre – A very popular eating joint at City Center which specializes in Chaat and sweet meat items.
  • Khata Mitha, City Centre - Oldest and most trusted place in Bokaro to experience authentic Bengali sweets, north Indian chat & sweets and south Indian culinary delights.
  • Rainbow, City Centre
  • Mirch Masala, City Centre
  • Ziraaf Chaw, City Centre
  • Manpasand, City Centre
  • BabarchiKhana, City Centre
  • Murg Mushlam, City Centre

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Authorized Permit rooms at:

  • Hans Regency
  • Hotel Classic
  • Vasant Vihar
  • Hotel Classic
  • Hotel reliance
  • Hotel Blue Diamond
  • Rainbow
Hotel Hans Regency
Hotel Hans Regency
  • Hotel Hans Regency, Sector 1, +91 6542 240909. Rs. 325-425.  edit
  • Bokaro Hotel, Sector 5.  edit
  • Hotel Classic, Sector 4, +91 6542 233138, +91 6542 233163. Rs. 1100-1700.  edit
  • Hotel Bue Diamond, Naya More, +91 6542 240199, +91 6542 240299.  edit
  • Hotel Limca, Sector 1, +91 6542 240896. Rs. 1225-1600.  edit
  • Hotel Reliance, Bus Stand, +91 6542 224848. Rs. 600-1600.  edit
  • Hotel Panah, Naya More.  edit
  • Hotel Vaibbhav, Chas, +91 6542 235021. Dormitory Rs. 45 Rooms Rs. 485-1250.  edit
  • Hotel Milan, Chas.  edit
  • Hotel Milton, City Centre.  edit
  • Hotel Raj, Chas, Bokaro.  edit
  • Parasnath Hills - Parasnath Hills are a range of hills located in Giridih district of Jharkhand. The highest peak is 1350 metres. It is one of the most important pilgrimage centre for Jains. They call it Sammet Sikhar. The hill is named after Parasnath, the 23rd Tirthankara. Twenty of the twenty-four Jain Tirthankaras attained salvation on this hill. According to some, nine Tirthakaras attained salvation on this hill. For each of them there is a shrine (gumti or tuk) on the hill. Some of the temples on the hill are believed to be more than 2,000 years old. However, although the place is habited from ancient times, the temples may be of more recent origin. The Santhals call it Marang Buru, the hill of the deity. They celebrate a hunting festival on the full moon day in Baisakh (mid April).
  • Tenughat- 40 kms away from Steel city is famous for Power plant and Dam on river Damodar. A beautiful place for tourists.Sightseeing of Dam is just awesome.
  • Topchanchi- 40 Kms away famous for its gorgeous lake. migrate birds and pleasant environment makes it a lovable place.
  • Rajrapa- Famous for its temples, Particularly temple of deity. all temples are situated on the mountains from their the view of Domodar river is gorgeous.
  • Pindrajora - Its a small village around 20 km from Bokaro. It hosts the only Primary Teachers Training College of Dhanbad & Bokaro. It also has a State Government Basic School and a Sarvodaya high School.
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