Advantage Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh is amongst the youngest and fastest growing states of India, which offers immense opportunities for business and development. Powered by factors critical to business development, namely, good governance, essential infrastructure coupled with a surplus of power, a stable labour environment, talent pool, abundant mineral resources, and a diverse forest produce — all make Chhattisgarh a leading business destination.

Chhattisgarh ranks amongst the richest Indian states in terms of mineral wealth. It is well acknowledged for 28 varieties of major minerals, including diamonds, spread across 205 mines. Chhattisgarh ranked fifth in terms of value of major mineral production in India with a 9.8% share in 2014-15

  • Accounting for 36% of India’s tin ore reserves, Chhattisgarh is the only State producing tin concentrates in India
  • Chhattisgarh ranked first in India for coal, tin and dolomite production in 2014-15. The State accounts for 4% and 36.5% of the Country’s diamond and dolomite reserves respectively
  • Chhattisgarh is acknowledged as a power surplus State. It is self-sufficient in power and ensures an uninterrupted 24x7 power supply across the State. Korba district in Chhattisgarh is known as the Power Capital of India
  • Chhattisgarh’s large coal reserves present a huge opportunity for electricity generation
  • Installed power capacity in Chhattisgarh was 13,728.39 MW as on August 2015. 33% of the installed capacity belongs to the State and the Central government with the remaining 67% owned by private players
  • In the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), the State Government plans to increase the power generation capacity to 30,000 MW
  • Electricity tariff in Chhattisgarh is significantly lower than the national average
  • Being a power surplus State, Chhattisgarh is an ideal destination for high power consuming industries like cement, aluminium, iron
  • With an uninterrupted quality power supply, the State offers an attractive power tariff slab to many focus sectors like IT/ITeS, Electronics, and other manufacturing focussed sectors

Centrally located in the country, Chhattisgarh offers locational advantages to be leveraged both in terms of a regional logistics hub as well as from the standpoint of accessibility to vast consumer markets in the neighbourhood. A new Integrated Container Depot (ICD) across 40 Ha area is being developed by CONCOR in Naya Raipur. This will be in addition to the existing ICD in Raipur and would further boost direct exports from the State.

Air connectivity

  • Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur has been the recipient of National Tourism Award for the best airport in India in the non-metro category in 2012-13 and 2013-14
  • The Raipur airport received 0.93 million passengers and handled more than 8,000 flights in 2014-15. Connectivity with Chhattisgarh would be augmented with the commencement of international flights
  • Two additional airports will add to the State’s existing air connectivity with Airports Authority of India (AAI) having agreed to establish civil airports at Bilaspur and Raigarh in partnership with the Government of Chhattisgarh. Further, a new green field civil airport is proposed in Jagdalpur
  • Chhattisgarh has eight air strips located at Bhilai, Bilaspur, Korba, Raigarh, Jagdalpur, Ambikapur, Jashpur and Sarangarh regions

Road connectivity

  • 35,241 km of total road network
  • Highway network of 2,289 km with 12 national highways
  • Construction of an additional 3,000 km road network with an investment of USD 2.34billion by 2018 on the basis of an Annuity/BOT/Loan from the Asian Development Bank

Rail connectivity

  • Highest contributor to India’s rail freight– accounts for one-sixth of the total national freight revenue
  • TThe State has an existing rail network of 1,187 km. An additional 546 km of rail line is planned through a State SPV
  • The State is seamlessly connected with nearly all major cities in the Country, including Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bengaluru, Cochin, Pune and Hyderabad
  • Located in the seismically safest zone of the Indian subcontinent
  • Significantly far from any hostile international border
  • Access to a potential market of a cumulative population of about 500 million (about 40% of India’s population) across seven bordering states, which contributes 38% to India’s GDP
  • Potential to become a logistics hub for central India with exports to Asian markets (Singapore, China, Korea and Japan) being targeted through the Vizag port, approximately 500 km from Raipur
  • Known as the Rice Bowl of India, Chhattisgarh is rich in agriculture with 43% of its 135 lakh Ha area under cultivation
  • Rice is the major crop of the State covering 66% of the total cropped area. Pulses, oil seed and horticulture occupy rest of the cropped area at 17%, 5% and 2% respectively
  • Chhattisgarh is also a major producer of maize, cereals, pulses
  • Chhattisgarh grows 6% of total papaya produced in the country. Additionally, it is a major contributor of horticulture produce like turmeric, ginger, guava, tomato, brinjal, okra, pea and cabbage
  • Maize production in Chhattisgarh increased to 0.75 M MT in 2014-15 from 0.23 M MT in 2012-13
  • Production of fruits and vegetables doubled in Chhattisgarh between 2008 and 2014. Additionally, the area under fruits and vegetable crops increased at a rate of 61% and 36% respectively during the same period
  • Chhattisgarh produced 0.64 M MT of spices in the year 2014-15. Major spices like chilli, ginger and turmeric produced in the State constitute around 78% of the total spices produced in Chhattisgarh
  • Chhattisgarh produced 47,000 MT of flowers during 2014-15. The marigold variety comprised 57% of the total flower produce followed by gladioli and tuberose at 12% each
  • The State’s 76 cold storage units have a capacity of 0.38M MT for perishable agricultural produce
  • Chhattisgarh ranked sixth in the Country in fish seed production and inland fish production in 2014-15. Chhattisgarh produces 1.1 M MT milk annually. Milk consumption in the State is estimated to reach 3.7 M MT by 2020
  • A growing population, an increasing per capita income, a high rate of employment and rapidly changing food habits and lifestyle of the people in the State are driving growth in the agro and food processing sector in the State
  • Spread across 237 sq km, Naya Raipur is the first greenfield smart city in India. Fourth planned State Capital of the Country, after Gandhinagar, Chandigarh and Bhubaneswar
  • With over 2,500 Ha of public spaces, parks and landscaping with 26% of green area, Naya Raipur is the first Indian city to be surrounded by a 500 m wide green belt
  • Included in the JNNURM scheme, Naya Raipur is a demonstration city under the GEF/World Bank assisted Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) that is being implemented by the Government of India
  • The Administrative Capital of Chhattisgarh, Naya Raipur houses State administration buildings. World class amenities and initiatives in the pipeline in Naya Raipur include star hotels, a golf course, a theme township, amusement park, a logistics hub, jungle safari, convention centre, IT SEZ, shopping malls, multiplexes and an Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC)
  • An international cricket stadium with the second highest seating capacity in the Country
  • The Knowledge Hub of Chhattisgarh with universities, research and institutional complexes, including IIM, IIIT and a national law university
  • Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and 80 km of non motorised cycle track

Capital Cost

  • Lower cost of land
  • Lower cost of construction due to competitive pricing of steel and cement
  • Lower cost of raw materials (metals)
  • Fiscal incentives
  • Capital subsidy
  • Interest subsidy
  • Discount on land premium

Operating Cost

  • Lower cost labour
  • Lower cost of electricity
  • Lower cost of living
  • Lower rentals
  • Lower cost of production
  • Fiscal Incentives
  • Electricity duty exemption
  • Power tariff in Chhattisgarh is significantly lower than the national average;
  • Cost of metals and cement is lower in the State owing to local manufacturing;
  • Cost of land in the State is lower than in other parts of the country on account of a low population density
  • Cost effective transportation and logistics
  • Cost of construction in Chhattisgarh is competitive
  • The State has made significant progress in the field of higher education since its inception and has developed an excellent educational ecosystem
  • Presence of NIT, IIT, IIIT, IIM, National Law University and Indira Gandhi Agriculture University make Chhattisgarh the knowledge hub of central India
  • Annually, 30,000 professionals pass out of the educational institutions system in Chhattisgarh
  • Chhattisgarh produces about 75,000 Graduates and Post Graduates annually
  • It is the Second Government - after South Africa - to make Right to Skills an enforceable right
  • Largest public skill programme in India: over 0.28 million youth trained in last three years
  • Residential livelihood colleges at district level
  • 2,400 plus registered Vocational Training Partners in the State