Chhattisgarh is a state in eastern part of India.It has an image of being backward and being naxal infested.But there are many other facts about it which many people are ignorant about.Here are five facts which people not familiar with with Chhattisgarh may find interesting.
1- Chhattisgarh has huge mineral resources.
Chhattisgarh is one of the most mineral rich states in India.The mineral wealth in this part of India(along with Chhattisgarh, Orissa,Jharkhand and other eastern states) is still among the most valuable in the world.It has around 28 mineral varieties.Its the only producer of tin in India.One of the best quality Iron ore in the world is found in the mines of Bailadila in Chhattisgarh and is exported to other countries.
2-It has one of the largest Power and Steel Sectors in India
Its one of the few states in India which has surplus power production.With powerplants of NTPC,CSEB and Private companies like Jindal Power Limited,Korba West,DB Power,SKS Power and others it is in a enviable situation.It also has Steel Plants in Bhillai operated by SAIL and a plant in Raigarh operated by Jindal Steel and Power Limited among others.Raipur,capital of Chhattisgarh has become the center of Steel Sector in India.
3-It has nearly 44% land area covered by Forests.
With over 44% of its total area under forests, Chhattisgarh is amongst the greenest states of India.It houses 3 National Parks and 11 Wildlife Sanctuaries.Also Some of the best sal forests in the country are found in this state.It also has around 80 varieties of medicinal plants.
4-It Records the highest Freight loading among 17 zones of Indian Railway.
South East Central Railway with its headquarters in Chhattisgarh records the highest freight loading every year in India.It is known as the ‘Blue Chip of Indian Railway’ with 5600 wagons being loaded everyday.
5- It is one of India’a fastest growing state.