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Rourkela

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Things to do: parks, religious sites, sightseeing
Rourkela is a city located in the northern border of the Indian state of Odisha, also known as Orissa. It is situated about 340km north of state capital Bhubaneswar, and is surrounded by a range of hills and encircled by rivers. The city is also popularly known as Ispat Nagar and also as the Steel City of Odisha. It has one of the largest steel plants of the Steel Authority of India Limited known as Rourkela Steel Plant. It also has one of the National Institutes of Technology of the country. The city has been shortlisted as one of the SMART Cities under Government of India’s’ SMART City Mission.NameThe name Rour kela originates from the local tribal language of Sadri which means "Our Village". It comes under Sundergarh district of the Indian state of Odisha. An indigenous community called Raulia used to inhabit this region.HistoryThe twin towns of Rourkela and Fertilizer Township as well as their developed periphery are located in areas that were once covered by dense forests. These forests were once favorite hunting ground for the kings in the past. According to the census report of 2011 Rourkela has a population of and the urban metropolitan area population is 536,450. Then railway station of Rourkela was within the revenue village of Mahulpali. India's first public sector steel plant facility was established in Rourkela with the help of German businesses Krupp & Demag. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the town was the largest German colony outside Germany.
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