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Bokaro Steel Plant, Bokaro Steel City Overview

Bokaro Steel Plant, India's largest iron and steel complex, is located in the steel city of Bokaro. Located along the Damodar River, this plant is regarded as the country's first Swadeshi Steel Plant with maximum investment going into materials, equipment and R & D. The plant was conceived as to grant the country freedom from dependency on foreign sources to induce a measure of confidence and self-reliance.

Bokaro Steel Plant is famous for its tours where you can witness all the processes involved in the manufacture of steel such as Raw Material Handling, Coke Ovens, Blast Furnace to Steel Melting Shops and Rolling Mills. Tourists visit the city in large number to see and understand the amazing process of steel making in this plant. Other tourist attractions nearby is an added bonus for the visitors.

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History of Bokaro Steel Plant

Controlled by Steel Authority of India Limited, the Bokaro Steel Plant is located where a village named Mahaphari one existed. Originally the idea of creating this magnificent plant was conceived in year 1959 which was soon realized with the help of Soviets. The construction work of the plant was started on 6th April 1968. The Bokaro Steel Plant was the country's first indigenous project of its kind that utilised local material, manpower and intellectual resources in all places possible. Actually incorporated as a limited company in the year 1964, it was later that the plant was merged with SAIL. 

Architecture of Bokaro Steel Plant

The Bokaro Steel Plant is designed in a way to produce several flat products such as Hot Rolled Plates, Hot Rolled Coils, Hot Rolled Sheets, Tin Mill Black Plates, Corrugated Sheets, Galvanized plain sheets and many more. Apart from that the plant also serves as a major raw material base for several modern engineering industries such as LPG Cylinder, pipe and tube, barrel and drum producing industries and automobile.

Things to do near Bokaro Steel Plant

In addition to being an engineering marvel in itself, the Bokaro Steel Plant is surrounded by a number of smaller tourist destinations. Some of these include:-

1. Garga Dam: Located at a distance of about 12 kilometres from Bokaro Steel City is a famous picnic spot called the Garga Dam. A favourite among school goers and families, the lush green surroundings and rich aquatic life are major crowd pullers.
2. Parashnath Hills: Parashnath Hills are an important pilgrimage site for the Jain community. Located at an altitude of 1350 metres, this destination is believed to be the place where twenty out of twenty-four Tirthankaras attained Nirvana. 
3. City Park: Nature lovers can enjoy a view of the local greenery at the City Park, which is one of the most well - maintained gardens of the city. The park has three artificial islands, a lake and a small toy train running through its confines which makes it a quaint destination for a quiet picnic. 
4. Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park: The Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park is an asylum for a number of animals such as white tigers, royal Bengal tigers, and the Asiatic lions and makes for a fascinating learning experience.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit the steel plant and city of Bokaro is from September to February. The weather is pleasant at the time offering a relief from the scorching heat of the sun.

Activities At Bokaro Steel Plant

The best thing to do around Bokaro Steel Plant is to spend some quiet time with your friends and family. Being one of the first planned city in the country, the layout of this place is quite meticulous and tidy. Bokaro Steel Plant is the perfect amalgamation of natural beauty and man-made marvel where you can learn about steel and its production in detail. However, if that is not your thing, you can always enjoy the scenery of blue skies and verdant greenery while the imposing system of Bokaro Steel Plant hammers away in the background. 

How To Reach Bokaro Steel Plant

The best way to reach your destination is via a taxi. The city offers a good and well-maintained network of roads and thus is quite easy and convenient to reach the plant.

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