A new-age town
The 25-km drive from Raipur to Naya Raipur is a lonely one, with barely any activity or people in sight on the well-constructed road. But, as soon as one reaches Naya Raipur, there is a flux of activity. Heavy machinery is buzzing all over the place, mounds of soil are being moved about, and labourers are busily going about the task of creating structures that will all come together to form Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh's new capital.
“Chhattisgarh was formed in 2000 and the state government then decided to create a well planned new city for Raipur, following which we zeroed in on Naya Raipur in 2004,” says N Baijendra Kumar, principal secretary to the chief minister, Chhattisgarh.
Living up to its image of new-age and green, not only is Naya Raipur the youngest capital in the country, it is also the first greenfield city planned and executed in the 21st century.
The Naya Raipur development plan is being executed in three layers. Under Layer I, the city is being developed over 8,013 hectare in three phases. In the first phase, infrastructure of 3,057 hectares for a population of 1,50,000 is being developed, while in the second phase, 3,734 hectares for 3,65,000 people will be developed. The remaining 1,222 hectares
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