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Chhattisgarh: Ranks #4 in Ease of Doing Business in India

Located in Central India, Chhattisgarh shares its border with seven states and has market access to about 520 mn people across these states. The new capital of the state, Naya Raipur, is India's first greenfield smart city. Chhattisgarh is primarily dependent on industry sector, contributing around 45% to the state GDP. Thriving sectors in the state include agriculture, iron and steel, cement and thermal power. Industrial infrastructure in the state has been strengthened through creating state-of-the-art facilities in the industrial areas. Presently, there are 52 developed industrial areas in the state. 

With 44% of its geographical area under lush forests, Chhattisgarh is one of the greenest states in India. About 88 species of medicinal plants grow in the state and the government actively promotes usage of ethnomedicine, practiced by aboriginal tribes since centuries. The state also contributes about 43% of the total lac produced in the country.

 

Key upcoming projects include:

  •  Three large industrial areas in Bilaspur, Raipur and Raigarh, over 4740 ha of cumulative land area
  •  Solar SEZ in Rajnandgaon and IT/ITeS SEZ in Naya Raipur
  •  Smart Cities Mission, for which Raipur, Bilaspur and Naya Raipur are the cities identified in Chhattisgarh 

Highlights

  • Leading producer of coal, tin and dolomite in India
  • Second largest producer of iron ore in India
  • Contributes 17% to India’s total exports of herbs and medicinal plants
  • GSDP (Current price)

    USD 43 bn (2016-17)

  • GSDP growth rate (YoY)

    11% (2016-17)

  • Per capita income

    USD 1,368 (2016-17)

  • FDI inflow

    USD 1.4 bn (2000-17)
    (includes Madhya Pradesh)

Demographics

60% of Chhattisgarh's population lies in the working age group of 15-59 years.

Chhattisgarh is the 17th largest state of India in terms of population, with more than 2% of country's total population.

The total population of Chhattisgarh is 25.5 mn, equivalent to the current population of Madagascar.

  • 23%

    Urbanisation rate

  • 991

    females/ 1000 males

Skilled manpower
  • Central universities

    1

  • State universities

    12

  • Private universities

    9

  • Engineering colleges

    49

  • Management colleges

    36

  • Polytechnic institutes

    43

Key Sectors

Chhattisgarh is rich in mineral resources such as iron, steel, aluminium and tin. The state contributes 32% and 37% to India's steel/sponge iron and dolomite production respectively. Competitive industrial power tariff supports the presence of up-stream and down-stream industries in the state. 

Chhattisgarh has an operational Software Technology Park of India (STPI), in 1.7 mn ha area, with units in software development, medical transcription, KPO, financial control and accounting. The state is India's 2nd largest deployer of fixed WiMAX in the country. The state government is establishing a greenfield Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) in Naya Raipur to promote investments in ESDM sector in Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh, being one of the leading producers of metals such as iron and tin, is a viable destination for setting up manufacturing industries for solar panels and solar modules. Lanco Solar is setting up a fully-integrated PV manufacturing project for the production of high-quality polysilicon, silicon ingots/ wafers and modules in over 100 ha SEZ.

Chhattisgarh is endowed with about 22 varied forest sub-types, more than 1,525 varieties of medicinal plants and 312 species of commercially traded medicinal plants. The state accounts for 17% of India’s total exports of herbs and medicinal plants.

Major Investors