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 well planned and systematic, 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 Steel Plant which is the biggest in Asia as well as for its quality educational system.Besides, it is also a popular tourist destination for people from Eastern Region and also foreigners.
Bokaro is well connected through rail to all parts of India.
There is a need for direct trains from southern states. The connecting trains are available, which make it possible to visit Bokaro Steel City.
Bokaro Steel City is at 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 kms away from the City. Other state highways connect the city to nearby regions.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.
Bokaro (Thermal) - Situated on the banks of the river Konar, Bokaro Thermal is located at 23.78°N 85.97°E. It has an average elevation of 234 metres (767 feet). It is the home of the oldest thermal power plant in Asia run by Damodar Valley Corporation, India's first multipurpose river valley project. It was started in 1952 in collaboration with USA and West Germany by the then Prime Minister of the country Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It has two power plants : BTPS 'A' - It was started in 1952 and was closed down on 17th July 2000. BTPS 'B' - It is working and has three power generating units totalling 630 MW (3×210). In addition to these, a new 500 MW plant is under construction, which is likely to be commissioned in 2012-13. It is coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 3550 crores. Besides, the place is also rich in coal. The mining operations are carried out by Central Coalfields Limited.
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.
Sri Sri Kalika Maharani Temple in Bokaro in the state of Jharkhand, India is a Hindu temple at Chira Chas, built by Aashiyaan Estate Developers. The temple is spread over half an acre and is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The mini township of Kalika Vihar is named after this temple.
Ram Mandir, in sector 1, is the most famous mandir dedicated to Lord Ram and other smaller mandirs. Other gods and goddesses include Hanuman Mandir, Radha Krishna Mandir, Shiv Parivar Mandir, Durga Mandir, Surya Mandir, Kali Mandir, Lord Venkateshwar Mandir, Shiv Mandir, and Sheetala Mandir. Ram Mandir was established in 1967-68 by the late Founder Secretary Pt. Parma Nand Tripathi, a great labor leader. The mandir houses a rich Dharmik library and Rishi Niwas. All festivals, pravachan, Kirtan, functions, and celebrations are organized by the Shree Ram Mandir Trust. Also, the poor arrange more than 250 marriages in a year in the Ram Mandir campus at a very low cost. 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 one kilometer from Ram Mandir.
Jagannath Temple, Located in Sector 4, the temple is an attraction to the people of Bokaro. The temple boasts of the greenery, its playground and its majestic pond with walking path built all around it. The temple also hosts Chhathh festival. The temple is a replica of the famous temple in Puri, Odisha.
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 was opened on 1ST January 2007 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 ,situated in sector 4, it is the biggest mosque in the city where the muslim come for tubliq.
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 western part of Bokaro near the 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 a very well maintained stadium by SAIL having a capacity of 30000. It is also the training centre and headquaters of SAIL football academy. It comes lively on 14th November when Children's Day function is celebrated on its grounds with colorful dance and cultural programmes from the various schools of Bokaro.
Chira Chas. It is located behind Bokaro Hotel by a bridge over Garga river. This area is real estate hub of the City. New colonies have come up and are coming up here. It shows the growth of urban culture in Bokaro, i.e., apartments, bungalows and plots.
Ghaus Nagar. This area is a suburb where people from different part of Bihar living and working in Bokaro Steel Plant. Some people who are retired from Bokaro Steel City are also settled permanently.
Jainamore- One of the 42 villages in Jaridih block of Bokaro. It is on the NH-23 at a distance of around 7 km away from the Bokaro Steel City Railway Station. Close to Jainamore is the Garga Dam on the river Garga which passes through Bokaro. The dam is a popular tourist and picnic spot and known for its scenic surroundings.
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 the Damodar river. The Chandrapura Railway Station is a small but beautifully designed Railway Station.
Tenughat - Tenughat is famous for Tenughat Dam and Tenughat Thermal Power Station. A canal too runs through the region.
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.
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 destination of the city. It has two single screen cinema halls, various eateries, shops ranging from selling daily need items to stationary, dresses, electronics, and more. It houses several offices of the banks and various coaching institutes.
Chas- The wholesale market of district.
Dhundibag- The wholesale market for Vegetable/crockery and local and traditional utensils.
Cooperative colony- From electronics to medical store , from beauty parlour 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 1 km from City Centre, it is famous for fruits and non veg items and it is the hub of most medical stores in the city. Also it houses a milk parlour, various telephone booths, stalls for snacks and garages. It also has few hospitals.
Centre Market, Sec 12
Sector 1 Market- This market is 3 km from City Centre.
Vasant Vihar, City Park -- Beautiful restaurant, set by the City park lake. One of the most scenic eating joints in Bokaro. It is a favourite with tourists who visit City Park for boating and sightseeing.
Shan–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, and south Indian culinary delights.
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. Migratory birds and pleasant environment makes it a lovable place.
Rajrappa- Famous for its temples, particularly temple of deity. It comprises of small hills with many temples situated on those hills. It is a popular place for religious worship for Hindus. The damodar river in the vicinity can be enjoyed on boats, providing a breath-taking view of the sharp landforms created by river action.
Pindrajora - It is 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.
HOTEL AVTAAR- It is the first hotel when you enter Chas.It provides you well furnished and sanitated AC and Non-AC rooms. You can also order for breakfast , dinner and lunch.
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