Bhilai or Bhilai Nagar is a city in Durg district of Chhattisgarh state, India with a population of 753,837 (2001 census). The city is located 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of the capital Raipur on the main Howrah–Mumbai rail line, and National Highway 6. Bhilai is famous for Bhilai Steel Plant which is the largest of steel plant in India after Bokaro.
Bhilai is a major travel destination of central India. With the help of Russian Government the second Indian Steel plant was grown from the date 2nd Feb 1955. At that time, Bhilai was an unknown remote village. But now a new, modern city has been developed there surrounding the steel plant. Bhilai has emerged as an excellent educational centre, contributing to the educational needs in all technological fields. Bhilai Steel Plant:The landmark of Bhilai is the Bhilai Steel Plant. The Steel Plant in Bhilai has been awarded the Prime Minister's Trophy for the best integrated steel plant five times in the last seven years. Bhilai Steel Plant also happened to be the first in India to receive the ISO 9002 quality certification.
Administration: The city is called Bhilai Nagar which is a planned township, divided into 10 sectors and other various areas. Bhilai is one of the best planned cities in India, falling in top 3 of the best planned cities list. Bhilai Nagar has a municipal corporation.The lush green central avenue starting from the Ispat Bhawan-Bhilai Steel plant to Jawahar Lal Nehru Main Hospital divides the city into two halves.
Transport: There are three railway stations within the Bhilai region
Bhilai (Bhilai 3)
Bhilai Power House
The railway station at Durg is also widely used as it has major train stoppages.Shared diesel run three-wheelers, called tempos in local parlance, ply select routes in the city and serve as a reliable and convenient local public transport.
Education: Bhilai is known for its pre-graduate education aimed at preparation for entrance examinations for Engineering. A town which was literally created from a small village, Bhilai Steel Plant had to create an education system for the children of employees, which attracted students from all over India. Starting in late 1950s, the first Higher Secondary School was opened in Sector 1 (and it is still there), followed by Bhilai Vidyalaya Sec 2 and Higher Secondary School in Sector 7. In those early days the Sector 7 School supported instruction in both English (through Cambridge Board) and in Hindi. Recognizing that most of the employees were going to be engineers or in some of the technical field, the Plant Management went out to attract the best teachers from all over the country.
With the increasing population over last 50 years, the populace as well as the education system has become somewhat diversified. Many Business and English coaching classes have flourished in this small town. Bhilai is also famous for its Schools. DPS Bhilai, Delhi Public School,Risali sector Bhilai, D.A.V. Public School (ACC Jamul), Senior Secondary School (S.S.S) Sector 10, Bhilai Nair Samajam school sector-8, S.S.S Sector 4, S.S.S Sector 6, S.S.S Sector 7, Bhilai Vidyalaya, Mar Gregorious Memorial Senior Secondary School, Krishna Public School, Shri Shankara Vidyalaya, St. Xavier's High School, Angle Valley School Hudco etc. all boast of illustrious alumni. A high percentage of students qualify for the illustrious IITs from these schools.