Naya Raipur

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Naya Raipur
Planned city
Nava Raipur/Atal Nagar
Sankaracharya Asram, a temple in Naya Raipur
Sankaracharya Asram, a temple in Naya Raipur
Naya Raipur is located in Chhattisgarh
Naya Raipur
Naya Raipur
Location in Chhattisgarh, India
Naya Raipur is located in India
Naya Raipur
Naya Raipur
Naya Raipur (India)
Coordinates: 21°09′40″N 81°47′13″E / 21.161°N 81.787°E / 21.161; 81.787Coordinates: 21°09′40″N 81°47′13″E / 21.161°N 81.787°E / 21.161; 81.787
 • BodyAtal Nagar Vikas Pradhikaran
 • OfficialHindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code+91-0771
Vehicle registrationCG 04
Nearest cityRaipur, Mahasamund, Rajim, Arang, Abhanpur, Bhilai, Durg
Lok Sabha constituencyRaipur Constituency
Civic agencyAtal Nagar Vikas Pradhikaran

Naya Raipur, officially known as Nava Raipur,[1][2] (also known as Atal Nagar) is an upcoming planned and fully developed city in Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It is planned to replace Raipur as the capital city of Chhattisgarh.[3][4] "Mantralay", the states's administrative body is situated here. The city is located between National Highways NH-53 and NH-30, about 17 km south-east of the capital city Raipur. Swami Vivekananda Airport separates Raipur and Nava Raipur.

About half of the total acquired land is being used for public facilities; 23% of the land would be reserved for government and educational institutions; and 30% of the land will be used for residential and economical purposes. The city is envisaged to accommodate about 560,000 people by phase III, i.e., within 2031 as per the Master Development Plan prepared by Naya Raipur Development Authority now Nava Raipur Development Authority. Provisions have been made for its expansion and to upgrade infrastructure in the future.

Naya Raipur is India's seventh planned city after Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Bhubaneshwar (Odisha), Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Chandigarh (Punjab and Haryana), Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra), and Durgapur (West Bengal) and fourth among the capital cities.


A comprehensive exercise was undertaken to find a perfect location for the city. An imaginary circle of 50 km radius was drawn around Raipur and this massive area was divided into four quadrants.

Each quadrant was analysed in context of regional development, existing development, climatic factors, flora and fauna, water resources, transport network etc. and the efforts yielded the present site southeast of Raipur at about 15 km distance, close to Mana Airport. The site selection methodology and site profile are detailed.[5]

Mantralaya in Naya (New) Raipur

Nava Raipur Development Authority[edit]

After the formation of the new state of Chhattisgarh in November 2000, the state government decided to create a well planned new city for Raipur. Hence a special area has been notified under section 64 of Nagar Tatha Gramnivesh Adhiniyam 1973.

The authority thus formed is the Capital Area Development Authority (CADA) which is now called the Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA). NRDA is the nodal agency undertaking comprehensive development of this 'greenfield' city.

Chief executive officers are appointed by government and other officers and staff working under NRDA organisation.[6] Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer P. Joy Oommen is the chairman of the NRDA, while Amit Kataria is its chief executive.[7]

Vision for development[edit]

  • 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.[8]
  • It 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.[9]
  • The city's design would a promote sense of security and comfort among its citizens, especially women, children and the physically challenged.[9]

Economic base[edit]

The main activity base of Naya Raipur would be the government/state capital functions. However, a diversification of economy is desirable, which would be attained through the following activities:[10]

  • Software technology park
  • Gems, jewellery and other similar industries
  • Business offices
  • Health, education and research services
  • Regional recreational activities
  • Nandan Van Zoo & Safari
  • International cricket stadium
  • 5 star hotels
  • 18 hole golf course and golf villas
  • Museums
  • Art gallery and library
  • Garden
  • Botanical garden
  • Lakes

Planning methodology[edit]

While venturing to prepare the development plan for Naya Raipur, basic studies were made in the form of a secondary survey of data on Chandigarh (the first planned capital of a state in independent India) and Raipur, the elder sister and the most important “organic” metropolis in the region.

The space quantum against each activity/work-centre was then ascertained going by the accepted thumb-rule of the concerned industry/trade/activity, to the case of capital complex, and exact figures of government jobs were taken into consideration. The resultant space quantum was then allocated on two-dimension on the structure plan and final quantum, shape, location, was defined by exact boundaries/roads on the plan.

With iterations, the allocated spaces were again translated in terms of number of jobs and the total number of job in the city arrived at. With a population of 5.6 lakhs, the Naya Raipur City is expected to generate approximately 2.2 lakh jobs, with an assumed workforce participation rate of 40%. The high standards of physical and social infrastructure adopted for the city will be able to cope with the maximum capacity of the city.[11]



  • Length of proposed roads: 225 km
  • Construction work on 71 km of road has been started (100 m and 60 m row)
  • Construction agency: M/s B. Seenaiah & Company (Projects) Limited, Hyderabad
  • Project management consultancy: M/s Sheldia Associates Inc., United States[12]
  • Architectural consultants: M/s. Comfort Designers, Hyderabad[13]
  • Landscape consultants: M/s. LNC (Learn Nature Consultants, Raipur)[14]
  • Environment consultants: M/s. LNC (Learn Nature Consultants, Raipur)[14]

The urban design of the new city will incorporate the best of international cities as well as traditional Chhattisgarh culture. The design will be a grid pattern city plan. One of the major influences of the design was Kuala Lumpur's new capital complex at Putrajaya.


The site where the Nandan Van Zoo & Safari, Naya Raipur is proposed, is located at 35 km from the main Raipur Junction railway station, 30 km from the Raipur Bus Stand and 15 km from the Swami Vivekananda Airport Raipur. Its gross area is 202.87 hectare. It is adjacent to the wet perimeter of perennial Khandwa Dam.


Vedanta group's CSR initiative BALCO Medical Centre is at Atal Nagar, Sector- 36, Nava Raipur[15]


Hidayatullah National Law University

Naya Raipur will form the hub of educational institutions in the state of Chhattisgarh. The city will have premier educational institutions shifted from Raipur. A few of them are:


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 was home ground for two matches for the IPL team Delhi Daredevils during the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Indian Premier League event.

The stadium hosted a half marathon, with the theme "Let us run" on 16 December 2012 to mark Vijay Diwas.[19]

Sunil Gavaskar rated this stadium to as one of the best stadiums in the country and had proposed to utilise it for all types of matches. Irfan Pathan who was in awe of the facilities in the stadium noted that "When opportunities are created, and such facilities are in place, there is the hope that cricketers will emerge."

It later hosted the qualifiers for CLT20, where for the first time in CLT20 history the stadium was sold out for qualifying rounds.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pioneer, The. "'Naya Raipur' renamed 'Nava Raipur'". The Pioneer. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  2. ^ mohnish.srivastava (4 June 2019). "नया रायपुर अब होगा नवा रायपुर, पर अटल नगर का नाम नहीं बदलेगा". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  3. ^ Mary N. Woods (2016). Women Architects in India: Histories of Practice in Mumbai and Delhi. Taylor & Francis. p. 195. ISBN 978-1-134-77422-7. Naya Raipur, a city planned for 500,000 residents on 11,000 acres, must embody government aspirations for the entire state. It will replace the polluted, antiquated, and overcrowded old capital of Raipur.
  4. ^ "History Of Atal Nagar". Atal Nagar Vikas Pradhikaran. Retrieved 26 May 2019. Atal Nagar, as the name suggests, is the new upcoming state capital of Chhattisgarh.
  5. ^ [Chhattisgarh]
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  7. ^ Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  15. ^ BALCO Medical Centre
  16. ^ "Welcome to IIIT NAYA RAIPUR | IIIT NAYA RAIPUR". Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  17. ^ International Institute of Information Technology
  18. ^ Indian Institute of Management Raipur
  19. ^ TNN (27 November 2012). "Half marathon in Naya Raipur – TOI". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 April 2013.

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