Bhilai Nagar
Coordinates: 21°13′N 81°23′E / 21.21°N 81.38°E / 21.21; 81.38Coordinates: 21°13′N 81°23′E / 21.21°N 81.38°E / 21.21; 81.38
Country India
State Chhattisgarh
District Durg
Named for Bhil people
  Type Municipal corporation
  Mayor Devendra Yadav (congress)
  City 341 km2 (132 sq mi)
Elevation 297 m (974 ft)
Population (2011)[1][2][3][4][5]
  City 625,700
  Rank 2nd in state, 70th in india
  Density 1,800/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
  Metro 1,064,077
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration CG-07

Bhilai, officially called Bhilai Nagar, is a city in the district of Durg, Chhattisgarh, in eastern central India.[2]

The city is known for its steel and chemical industry, notably the Bhilai Steel Plant.


It is believed that the name "Bhilai" is derived from the Bhil tribe which originally inhabited this region and continues to dwell in the nearby forests till date.[6]


In the 2011 census, Durg-Bhilai Nagar Urban Agglomeration had a population of 1,064,077.[7][3]


Bhilai is home to the Bhilai Steel Plant, the first Indian plant to produce steel rails, which was established with help from the Soviet Union in 1955.[8] The facility underwent modernization and expansion, and was re-opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 14, 2018.[8]

See also


  1. "Bhilai Nagar City Population Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  2. 1 2 Census van 1 maart 2001 (via
  3. 1 2 "Durg and Bhilai Nagar Metropolitan Urban Region Population 2011 Census". 2011. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  4. "Chhattisgarh Population Census data 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  5. "List of Most populated cities of India". 2011. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  6. "History of Bhilai, Historical Aspects of Bhilai, Origin of Bhilai". Retrieved 2015-12-22.
  7. "Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above" (PDF). Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  8. 1 2 "After road show, PM Narendra Modi inaugurates modernized and expanded Bhilai Steel Plant". Zee News. June 14, 2018.
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