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Naya Raipur is between National Highways NH-6 and NH-43, about 17 km southeast of the current capital Raipur; Swami Vivekananda Airport separates the old and new cities. Naya Raipur is the administrative capital of the State and also caters to the infrastructural needs of industry and trade in the region.
Naya Raipur is surrounded by the cities of Raipur, Arang, Mahasamund, Rajim and Abhanpur. Naya Raipur covers an area of about 8000 hectares. It includes 41 villages out of which 27 villages form the core of Naya Raipur. During the renovation of villages for the construction of Naya Raipur, it displaced the population of one village.
About half of the total acquired land is being used for afforestation, roads, parks, public conveniences, water facilities-canals, green belts etc.; 23% of the land would be reserved for educational institutions, government offices and public auditoriums etc.; and 30% of the land will be used for residential and economical purposes.
Naya Raipur is India's sixth planned city after Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Bhubaneshwar (Odisha), Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Chandigarh (Punjab & Haryana), and Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra), and fourth among the capital cities.
The city is expected to house about 4.5 lakh (450,000) people within a decade. There are plans to make it larger and to improve infrastructure in the future.
Vision for development[change | change source]
- Naya Raipur would be a ‘green city’ in every sense of the term. Large areas would be brought under tree plantation, arrangements would be made for water conservation and waste water recycling, and non-conventional energy resources would be used to the maximum.
- Naya Raipur would reflect the rich heritage and culture of Chhattisgarh and India in its urban design and architecture. Special efforts would be taken to make it a people friendly and visitor friendly city.
- The city's design would a promote sense of security and comfort among its citizens, especially women, children and the physically challenged.
Sports[change | change source]
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium is a new cricket field in the city. It seats 65,000 spectators and was opened in 2008. It is the second largest cricket stadium in India and the fourth largest cricket stadium in the world by seating capacity.
The stadium hosted a half marathon, with the theme "Let us run" on 16 December 2012 to mark Vijay Diwas.
Sunil Gavaskar rated this stadium to as one of the best stadiums in the country and had proposed to use it for all types of matches.
References[change | change source]
- https://web.archive.org/web/20081007205340/http://www.nayaraipur.com/nayaraipur/leftmenu/vision.aspx?ival=2. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2009. Missing or empty
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- TNN (27 November 2012). "Half marathon in Naya Raipur – TOI". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 April 2013.