Thursday, 27 November 2014


Bhilai at a glance
Country: India
State: Chhattisgarh
District: Durg
Famous for: Industries, Scenic beauty, Religious places, picnic spots
Languages: Chhattisgarhi and Hindi
Weather: Tropical type climate, hot in summers, cool in winters
Altitude: 293 m
Pin code: 490001
STD code: 0788
Major Tourist attractions: Dhamdha, Ganga Maiyya Temple, Uwasaggharam Parshwa Teerth, Civic Center, Kala Mandir, Kali Bari, Tandula Dam, Bhilai Steel Plant, Maitri Bagh,Nagp ura, Siyadevi, Hajra Falls, Kharkhara, Balod etc.
Major Festivals: Hareli, Makar Sankranthi, Diwali, Dussehra, Durga Puja, Ganesh Chaturthi, Ugadi, Pongal, Eid, Baisakhi, Guru Nanak Devji’s Guruparab etc. 

Administration in Bhilai

How to Reach Bhilai ? 
Bhilai is well connected to all major Indian places by rail, air and road, making it easily accessible. The nearest airport is Swami Vivekanand Airport in Raipur, about 45 minutes from Bhilai. It is connected to all major cities through regular flights. The nearest major railway station is the Durg Railway Station, about half an hour from the city as it has almost all major train stoppages.. The city is located 32 kilometres (20 mi) west of the capital Raipur, on the main HowrahMumbai rail line, and National Highway 6. Chhattisgarh State Road Transportation Corporation (CSRTC) and other private travel services run buses from major cities to Bhilai. Autos and shared diesel run three wheelers called tempos serve as means transport within the city.

Brief History of Bhilai
Bhilai is one of the most industrialized regions of Chhattisgarh. The region of Bhilai was once part of Maratha Kingdom from which it passed into the hands of Britishers who maintained their firm grip from 1853 till India got its independence. Later with the help of Russian Government, the second Steel plant- Bhilai Steel Plant was established in Bhilai. This transformed the isolated unknown cluster of remote villages into a popular and important city in Chhattisgarh. Consequently, Bhilai now enjoys the status of being one of the most organized and fastest growing cities of the world.
Geography and Climate of Bhilai

Bhilai, also called as Bhilai Nagar is a major industrial city in the state of Chhattisgarh. It is a populous city located between 21° north and 81° east and is at a distance of about twenty two kilometers from Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh. Bhilai is a planned city, systematically divided into sectors with low-density with mostly single-storied housing. Bhilai experiences hot and exhausting summers from March to May with temperatures soaring as high as 23°C to 40°C and from June to August, it experiences moderate rainfall. Winters last from October to February with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 25°C. This is one of the best seasons to visit Bhilai, as the season is cold, pleasant and ideal for sight- seeing.
Bhilai, known as ‘Mini India’ owing to its multiculturalism and diversity is the second largest city located in the state of Chhattisgarh. It has won accolades for being one of the fastest developing cities of the world. It is known for its lush green and clean environment and serene atmosphere. Besides housing the famous Bhilai Steel Plant, it also boasts of a number of tourist attractions including religious places as well as historical relics and picnic spots. This place being an important educational, industrial and commercial hub is well connected to all major cities by means of rail, road and air. Tourists from all over the country, flock here to catch a glimpse of this simple, yet beautiful city.
Bhilai Lifestyle
Helplines and Important Contact Numbers
Chhattisgarh Tourism Board
Paryatan Bhawan,
G. E. Road, Vishal Nagar,
Raipur - 492 006 , Chhattisgarh- India
Phone : +91 771 4028635, 4028636,
Fax: +91 771 4066425
Best Time to Visit Bhilai
Bhilai experiences hot summers with temperatures soaring as high as 40oC at times. In addition, extremely hot winds blow in summer, making the climate highly unsuitable for sight-seeing. Also, the pattern of rainfall in Bhilai is unpredictable and highly variable, causing inconvenience to the travelers. Hence, a suitable time to visit Bhilai would be during October to March, in winter season. The climate during the winter is cool and pleasant and it would be an ideal opportunity to enjoy nature at its best. 

Places of Interest In and Around Bhilai
Bhilai Steel Plant: It is one of the main attractions in Bhilai. The plant is known for producing beams, rails, angles, crossings, sleepers, plates, channels, wide rods etc.

Maitri Bagh: It is a combination of a landscaped garden and a zoo, and was established by Bhilai Steel Plant. Also known as the ‘Friendship Garden’, it stands as a symbol of India-USSR friendship.

Uwasaggharam Parshwa Teerth: It is a Jain Temple in Nagpura. Dedicated to Shri Parshwanath it houses several beautiful temples, guesthouses and gardens and is worth visiting.

Dhamdha: The Dhamdha Shrine about 35 kilometres from Bhilai and is one of the most prominent tourist spot for Hindus.

Tandula Dam: About 60 kilometres from Bhilai, it is a famous tourist spot and attracts hundreds of tourists, especially during the winter. Various restaurants and accommodation options are available here.

Deobalod: At about 3 kilometres from Bhilai, it is home to an ancient Shiv Mandir.

Civic Center: Known to be the shopping hub of Bhilai, it offers a variety of options for social activities, entertainment and shopping.

Ganga Maiya Temple:
 About 60 kilometres from Bhilai, this temple located at Jhalmala has its own importance among the locals as well as tourists.

Hajra Falls: Situated at about 100 kilometres from Bhilai, amongst dense forests, hills and tunnels, this place is a popular picnic spot and a visual delight for the tourists.

 Located amidst a forest, this place is known for the famous temple dedicated to Sita Maiya and a natural waterfall between July and February.

Kali Bari:
 This temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is located in sector 6 of Bhilai.

 A dam built across the Kharkhara river and its surroundings in Durg is a favourite among the nature lovers.

Where to Stay in Bhilai ? 
Accommodations in Bhilai
Hotels in Bhilai
Bhilai has a number of deluxe and medium budget accommodation options that offer a comfortable and pleasant stay for the visitors. These hotels offer various services ranging from wi-fi access, parking facilities, 24x7 room services, doctor on call etc. Tourists can chose the appropriate option based on their requirement and budget.

Hotel Grand Dhillon
Address:A-1, Nehru Nagar Square, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh 490006
Phone No: 0788 404 4000

Hotel Amit International
Address: Block-C, Plot No. 3, Shivnath Vistar Vyavsayik Yojna, G E Road, Supela, Bhilai, District – Durg, Chhattisgarh
Phone No: 0788-229 75 55, 0788-229 75 56, 0788-403 66 63, 0788-403 66 64, 0788-403 66 65

Hotel Kusum
Address: Nandini Rd, Power House, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh 490011
Phone No: 0788 403 3900

Hotel Central Park
Address: 29-Shivnath Complex, Supela, Akash Ganga, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh
Phone No: 098 26 851853

Hotel Kusum
Address: Beside Dena Bank, Near Industrial Estate, Near Bhilai Steel Plant
Nandini Road, Power House, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9893488888, 9755075700 +(91)-788-4033900

Hotel Sagar International
Address: Opp Railway Station, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9993599912, 9993511145, +(91)-788-6663401

Uppals Orchid Hotel
Address: 63/8, Nehru Nagar, Near State Bank Of India, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9810806713

Hotel Amantran
Address: Satya Shanti Complex, G.E Road, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-788-4038284, 4038488

Shakun Hotel
Address: Nandini Road, Power House, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9229234945, +(91)-788-4039221, 4049321

Hotel Parakh Palace
Address: Green Chowk, Station Road, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-788-4060137, 4016103

R K Hotel
Address: Power House, G E Road, Dr. Ambedkar Chowk, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No:+(91)-8109900999

Hotel Neelam
Address: 68, Near RSS Market Bus Stand, Power House, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9827193084 +(91)-788-2293604, 4060479

Steel City Hotel
Address: Near Dena Bank, Nandani Road, Power House, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9300635542, 9993625044

Hotel Siddharth
Address: Station Road, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-788-4012684

Hotel Vrindavan
Address: Behind Priya Sales Agencey, Power House, Nandin Road, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9827161066 +(91)-788-4030376

Hotel Amit International
Address: B-C/ 3 Shivnath Vistar, Near Chandramaurya Theatre, G E Road, Supela, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9617784000, 9329011051 +(91)-788-2297555

Hotel Vatsa International
Address: 28, Shivnath Complex, Near Bhilai Nagar Nigam, G E Road, Supela, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9617787204, 9617787209, 9926180123

Hotel Himalaya Park
Address: Supela Square, Supela, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9329536501, 9826168811

Hotel Central Park
Address: 29, Shivnath Complex, Behind Hotel Amantran, G E Road, Supela, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9827191237, 8224920001

Prakash Hotel
Address: Ram Nagar, Indra Chowk, Supela, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9329535151

Grand Dhillon Hotel
Address: A-1, Nehru Nagar Square, GE Road, Nehru Nagar West, Bhilai - 490020
Phone No: +(91)-9617774101, +(91)-788-4044000

Hotel Al Zaiqa
Address: Opposite Bhilai Railway Station, Motilal Nehru Nagar, Bhilai – 490020
Phone No: +(91)-9827118138, 9827119136, +(91)-788-4010923

Hotel Lovely Palace
Address: G E Road, Bhilai, Kanker - 494337 
Phone No: +(91)-9907885782, 9584002304

Where to Shop in Bhilai ?
Hangout destinations in Bhilai
Shopping in Bhilai can be a fun-filled and rejuvenating experience. Civic Center, one of the oldest shopping destinations is a favorite among the locals. The entire area is dotted with numerous shops and is considered a favorite hangout spot by youngsters . There are many markets in Sector 6 that makes it one of the biggest shopping centres in Bhilai. Besides, Akash Ganga, Gangotri, Sector 10 are other famous destinations for shopping, where the locals as well as the tourists can buy anything and everything they need at affordable rates. Malls like Surya Treasure Island, Jain Plaza add to the charm of this city.
Valuable informations on Bhilai

Bhilai is known for its plethora of tourist attractions that attract visitors from far and wide. To avoid dependence on public transport, one can avail the services offered by various car rental operators in Bhilai. They offer economic as well as luxury cars, with experienced chauffeurs, well- versed with the local routes and traffic conditions. These car rentals are thus ideal for your business trips, shopping, sightseeing, weekend getaways etc. Here is a list of car rental services in Bhilai along with the contact details.
Car Rental Services
Car Rentals in Bhilai
Indian Travels
Address: Block A1, Plot No 1, Vijay Basant Complex, G E Road, Power House, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9424124664, +(91)-788-4031601, 4083442, 4060002

Sakchi Travels
Address: 14/ Tara Complex GE Road, Near Hotel Ashish International, Power House, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9827173085, 9300668077

Yellow Cab Royals
Address: Mahalaxmi Complex, Street Number 38, Smruti Nagar, Nehru Nagar West, Bhilai - 490020
Phone No: +(91)-9425509876, 9669809876, 9826069098, 9229288717, +(91)-788-4017284

Maharana Tours & Travels
Address: Shop No 106, Chouhan Tower, Near Mourya Talkies, Supela, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9827166333, 9926112000, 9479059400, +(91)-788-4038282, 4049292

Vyas Travels
Address: Shop No. 202 - 203, First Floor, Dhillon Complex, Akash Ganga, G. E Road, Supela, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9977297000+(91)-788-4033995, 4013600, 4030500

Dev Travel
Address: Shop No 103/104, Himalya Complex, G E Road, Supela, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9229460174, +(91)-788-4035315, 2223025, 4030416

Address: 13, Civic Centre, Sector 6, Bhilai - 490006
Phone No: +(91)-9826273222,+(91)-788-4050496

Comfort Travel
Address: Shop No. 176, Akash Ganga, Comercial Complex, Supela, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9827191027, 9229157301, +(91)-788-2295779, 4035779

Kanishk Holidays
Address: 34/12, Radhika Nagar, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9977018414

Aastha Travels
Address: Shop No 1, Vijaya Bhawan, Vrushali, Krishna Talkies Road , Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-8085320829, 9827930505, +(91)-788-4091509

Shree Ganga Travels
Address: Shop No 54, T Market, Power House, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9827105119, 9575500857

Reliable Services
Address: 481, Milan Chowk, New Khurshipar, Bhilai - 490011
Phone No: +(91)-9300064181, +(91)-788-2282951

Giri Tour & Travels
Address: Plot No 23, Estate 15B, Pragati Nagar, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9993785351, 7415789888

Blue Jam Tour & Travels
Address: Near Railway Station, Power House, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9303351874, +(91)-788-4011976

Travel Solution
Address: Quarter No 8/A, Street No 13, Sector 2, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9893311330, 9893311533

SBT Holidays Pvt Ltd
Address: 5-A - Market, Near Pragati Mahila Bank, Sector-2, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9424100220, 9770112814, +(91)-788-2223612, 2221220

Abhinav Tours & Travels
Address: 207/1 Paras Dham Estate, Boris, Pragati Nagar, Bhilai - 490001
Phone No: +(91)-9406161540

Global Travel Service
Address: Shop No 154, Ground Floor, Dhillon Complex, Akash Ganga, Supela, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9893081144, 9300401144, 9009058344, +(91)-788-4012181, 4011220

Jigisha Travels
Address: Gurunanak Market, Vaishali Nagar, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9303615157, 9826445607

Manya Tour & Travels
Indira Market, Ram Nagar, Supela, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9329509424, 9300125798, +(91)-788-4012894
Address: Chouhan Estate, First Floor, Shop No 278, G. E. Road, Supela, Bhilai - 490023
Phone No: +(91)-9752094701, +(91)-788-4040706, 4040707

Kashish Travels
Address: Shop No. - 8, Kashish Video, Risali, Bhilai - 490006
Phone No: +(91)-9827109469

About 20 minutes from the Bhilai Steel Plant, one can find the Maitri Bagh or the ‘Garden of Frienship’ built to commemorate the friendship between Indian and the Russian Government. This garden has been built and managed by the Bhilai Steel Plant. It is considered to one of the best hangout spots in the state of Chhattisgarh, enjoyed by people of all ages. It consists of a large zoo, beautiful lakes, gardens, musical fountain, a tall tower called the Pragati Minar, a toy train called ‘Maitri Express’ for the children. It is thus an amazing picnic spot, a must – visit with your family and friends. The lush greenery, shimmering musical fountain, flower beds and scenic locales attract tourists from far and wide. Adjacent to the garden, is Bhilai Water Works, providing water to the township.
Special Features of Maitri Bagh
One day tour to Bhilai
The entrance of Maitri Bagh is marked by two artificial giraffes, colliding their heads with each other. The Maitri Bagh Zoo in Bhilai is the largest of its kind in the state of Chhattisgarh. Spread over an area of about 167 acres, the zoo is home to a large species of flora as well as fauna. The zoo has about 39 exotic species of animals, birds and reptiles, including many endangered species. White tigers are a special favourite, among the tourists, especially among the children. An artificial lake flows through the zoo, where you can go for boating and enjoy the scenic splendour.
A toy train called the Maitri Express is operated in the zoo from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm. The price of a ticket is Rs.5, however, it is free for children below three. There is a musical fountain on an island in the artificial lake. It is the biggest of its kind in south East Asia. The Fountain consists of many fountains of water dancing on instrumental music on some retro and contemporary songs. The jets of water shoot out in the air, twist and sway in the air, appearing as if dancing to the tune of the music. Each of these movements is lit up by shimmering and bright colours, providing a visual treat to the viewers. The programme lasts for about 20 minutes, and 2 shows are organised in the evenings, on alternate days. This dynamic spectacle attracts people of all ages, from far and wide, leaving them wanting more.
The fresh and unpolluted air, lush green surroundings, filled with blooming flowers make the garden an ideal spot for taking strolls and jogging in the evening. It also has a playground equipped with swings, giant wheel and other fun activities for the children. There is a tall watchtower in the garden, called Pragati Minar, from whose top you can get a breathtaking view of the Maitri Bagh and the adjoining Bhilai Steel Plant.

Another special feature of the Maitri Bagh is its annual Flower Show. Every year a Flower show is organised in the Bagh, in a grand manner, with active participation from the locals as well as the tourists. Many kinds of huge flowers and vegetables are displayed that are brought from various part of the district.
Maitri Bagh thus has a variety of activities to keep you engaged for an entire day. You could spend the morning, lazing around the garden, and indulge in fun activities like the swing and the giant wheel. Afternoon can be spent in the zoo, watching the exotic avian and animal species. In the evening, you could go for boating amidst the serene splendour of the lake. You can conclude your day by watching the spectacular musical fountain and return home with fond memories.
Musical Fountain in Bhilai
Timings and Entrance Fees
The zoo is open from 10 am to 5 pm, while the park is open till 7.30 pm. The musical fountain operates at 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The entrance fee is Rs. 10. The zoo and park remain closed on Mondays.

One day trips can be exciting, enchanting and rejuvenating, especially with your family and friends. They offer a chance to explore the spectacular scenery, history, culture etc of a place. Bhilai, being an industrial, cultural, educational as well as tourist hub, has much to offer to its tourists. A day’s trip to Bhilai can help you relax and unwind, rejuvenate, entertain, educate you and fill you with renewed vigour. Here is a tentative itinerary for one day to Bhilai that may help you plan your trip accordingly.
Begin your day by visiting the temples and the Bhilai Steel Plant
One day trip to Bhilai
You can begin your day with a visit to various temples and other religious places in Bhilai. The Jain Temple in Vaishali Nagar, Balaji Temple in sector 5, Jama Masjid in sector 6, Hanuman Mandir and Ayyappa Temple in sector 2, Kali Bari, Gurudwara Sahib in Khursipar, Mar Thoma Church in sector 1, St. John Mary Vianney's Catholic Church in Risali, Sai Baba Temple in Ispat Nagar are some of the places that are to be visited. After seeking the divine blessings of the Almighty, you can proceed to the Bhilai Steel Plant. The main places in the Steel Plant you could visit include coke oven battery, blast furnace, plate mill, wire rod mill, rail & structure mill, telecommunication department etc. It is interesting to visit the different departments and understand the whole steel making and finished goods making process. It is a famous centre for technical tourism and you can procure the visitor passes for the same from the P.R.O Department. After this industrial visit, you can have your lunch in Hotel Shakun, close to the Steel Plant and then head to Maitri Bagh.
Spend your afternoon in Maitri Bagh

In about 20 minutes drive by road, you can reach the Maitri Bagh. Established and maintained by the Bhilai Steel Plant, this Garden of friendship consists of a big zoo, amusement park, gardens, artificial lakes, musical fountain, a toy train for the children called the Maitri Express and the Pragati Minar. The zoo, one of the largest of its kind in the state of Chhatttisgarh, is home to a variety of animal and avian species, white tigers being a favorite among the visitors. A stroll through the lush green gardens, full of flowers will help you relax and enjoy nature’s beauty. The musical fountain amidst the zoo, playing instrumental music on various songs is a visual delight. The Pragati Minar offers you a panoramic view of the Bhilai Steel Plant.
Enjoy shopping in the evening
Bhilai has great many venues where you can go shopping with your friends and family. You could visit the Civic Center, considered to be the shopping hub of Bhilai. From eateries to apparel shops, this place boasts of a large number of shops selling a variety of goods. You could try out the new and exotic varieties of chocolates and icecreams at Krazy Kool and The Chocolate Story, popular hang – outs in Civic Center. Other shopping centres include Himalaya Complex, Akash Ganga, Zonal Market etc. The malls including the Surya Treasure Island Mall, Coupon Mall are a must- visit in Bhilai. Equipped with food courts, retail stores, multiplex, electronic showrooms, these malls are the perfect destinations for shopaholics. In addition, there are a number of roadside shops that sell a variety of Chhattisgarhi handicrafts and antiquities.
Industrialism in Bhilai

Being an industrially and commercially important city, Bhilai is dotted with numerous temples and places of worship. In all the humdrum associated with the city life, the calm and divine places like temples provide a safe haven to briefly get away from the chaos. Whether you want to take some time off, offer prayer to the deities or simply adore the beauty of a serene place, Bhilai offers you plenty of ancient as well as newly constructed temples. The sculptural splendour combined with the mythological stories and beliefs associated with the Ganga Maiya Temple, Maa Bamleshwari Temple, Shree Uwassaggaharam Parshwa Tirth, Shiva Temple stand testimony to India’s rich and glorious past and culture.
Ganga Maiya Temple
Located in Jhalmala, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga, also called Ganga Ma. This temple has a fascinating history. It is believed that the idol of Goddess Durga was found by a fisherman in his fishing net. In a confused state of mind, he threw the idol into the river running through the village. The same incident occurred the next day too. This time, he left the idol near the river and retired for the day. Finally, the Goddess appeared in his dream and ordered him to install her in a holy place. The fisherman retrieved her idol the next day, built a small hut and placed her idol there. With the passage of time, as the fame of the goddess and her powers began to increase, a proper temple complex was constructed with the help of donations from the devotees. Presently, the temple trust looks after the administration of the temple and also organizes cultural festivals and medical camps for the welfare of the villagers.
This temple being one of the prime religious and pilgrim site in Chhattisgarh, attracts tourists from far and wide. The goddess is said to have divine extraordinary powers and is believed to fulfil the wishes of her staunch devotees. During the festival of Navaratri, devotees throng here in large numbers to get a glimpse of their favourite Devi Ma. Some even come walking bare footed from far off places. The atmosphere then is joyful and vibrant, with the whole village bearing a festive look. Various fairs and festivals are held with the active participation of locals as well as tourists.
How to Reach Ganga Maiya Temple from Bhilai ?
About 61 kilometres from Bhilai, it takes about an hour to reach the temple by road. You could take a train from Bhilai to Balod and then reach Jhalmala by road. A more convenient option would be to travel via private vehicles or taxis offered by travel agencies. 
Temples in and around Bhilai
Maa Bamleshwari Temple
Located in Dongargarh, this is a famous temple located on the peak of a mountain, about 1600 feet high, dedicated to Bagulamukhi Devi, a powerful manifestation of Goddess Durga. While some believe this temple was built by king Vikramaditya, others believe that it was constructed by Raja Veersen. Devotees have to ascend about 1100 stairs to reach the shrine of Badi Bamleshwari. Aerial Ropeway or cable car facilities are also available as a substitute. It is a major tourist attraction, as it is the only ropeway constructed in the state of Chhattisgarh. Another temple called Chhoti Bamleshwari Temple is located at ground level near the main temple, for the devotees who find it difficult to climb the 1100 stairs to the main temple. One can have a picturesque view of the surroundings from the top of the mountain. An enormous golden Buddha Statue can also be viewed on the opposite mountain. Pilgrims from all over the country flock here during the Navaratri festival, to participate in the celebrations.
How to Reach Maa Bamleshwari Temple from Bhilai ?
Dongargarh is situated around 80 km from bhilai and the travel time by road is approximately one and a half hours depending on the traffic conditions. There are a number of trains from Bhilai Power House to Dongargarh. One can hire a private vehicle from the station to the temple.
Shree Uwassaggaharam Parshwa Tirth
Bhilai famous temples
Established in the year 1995, located on the banks of river Sheonath in Nagpura, this Jain shrine is famous as a religious as well as pilgrim centre. This place houses numerous temples, gardens, guesthouses, yoga centre and more. This place is known for its scenic splendour and marvellous architecture. The main temple contains a pedestal, on which the footprints of the Lord can be seen. The temple of Shri Manibhadra Veer is on the right side of the main temple, while the temple of Padmavati is to its left. Numerous visitors throng here to get a glimpse of the charming and beautiful statue of Shri Parshwanath, supported by four pillars and the 30 feet high entrance gate of the temple.
Meru Mountain with the Jinalaya of all the 24 Tirthankers, Tirthankar Udyan or the garden of renunciation, Aarogya Dham- a 30 bedded hospital of Naturopathy are other major highlights of this holy place. The holy nectar or the ‘Amiya’ oozes out of the statue here, leaving the visitors wonderstruck. This nectar is belived to have curative properties. This place attracts thousands of pilgrims from nook and corners of the country on the full moon night, who come here to experience spiritual ecstacy.
How to Reach Uwassaggaharam Parshwa Tirth from Bhilai ?
It takes about 15 minutes by road to reach Durg from Bhilai. There are a number of trains from Bhilai Power House to Durg. You can reach this shrine in about 20 minutes from Durg station by road, in private buses or taxis.
Shiva Temple in Deobalod
Famous Temples in Bhilai
It is home to one of the oldest temples in Chhattisgarh dedicated to Lord Shiva, dating back to about 5th century. The ancient linga is present in the garbhagriha, below the ground level, even though the shikhara of the temple had been destroyed over time. The main mandapa is supported by exquisitely sculpted two rows of five pillars each. There is a pond next to the temple, which is believed to have an underground link to the town of Arang in Chhattisgarh. Apart from the main Shiva Linga, there are sculptures of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, and carvings of dancing men, demi-gods and warriors. The Nandi statue is another special feature of this temple. The peaceful atmosphere and the enchanting sculptures attract visitors in large numbers.
How to Reach Shiva Temple from Bhilai ?
It is located at a distance of about 3 kilometres from Bhilai in Charoda. One can take autos or private vehicles to reach this place.

Apart from these famous temples and pilgrim centres, there are a number of places of worship in different areas within as well as around the city of Bhilai. They include Balaji Temple, Hanuman Mandir, Kali Bari Temple, Sai Baba Temple, Ganesh Temple, Siyadevi Temple, Bhoramdeo Temple etc. The tranquillity, sanctity and the palpable energy radiated from these temples will help you satisfy your spiritual quests and fill you with immense joy and pure bliss, indescribable by mere words.

Central govt employees to file assets details by December 31: Govt

New Delhi: All central government employees have to file the details of their assets and liabilities along with that of their spouses and dependent children as mandated under the Lokpal Act by December 31, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

As per the rules notified under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act in July this year, every public servant who has filed declarations, information and annual returns of property under the provisions of the rules applicable to such public servants shall file the revised declarations as on August 1 to the competent authority on or before September 15.
The provision of the said rules has subsequently been amended by which the time limit for furnishing of such information or return by public servants has been extended till December 31, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh said in a written reply.

The declarations under the Lokpal Act are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules.

All Group A, B and C employees are supposed to file a declaration under the new rules. There are about 26 lakh employees in these three categories, as per latest government data.

The Personnel Ministry has also issued new forms for filing these returns which have fields for mentioning details of cash in hand, bank deposits, investment in bonds, debentures, shares and units in companies or mutual funds, insurance policies, provident fund, personal loans and advance given to any person or entity, among others.

The employees need to declare motor vehicles, aircraft, yachts or ships, gold and silver jewellery and bullion possessed by them, their spouses and dependent children.

Age before duty: Babus to retire at 58 instead of 60

In a move that would help curb the relentless increase in the Centre’s non-Plan spending and ease the way for infusion of more young blood and professionalism into the country’s largely moribund bureaucracy, the Narendra Modi government is planning to reduce the retirement age of central government employees from the present 60 to 58.

The move that comes at a time when the Seventh Pay Commission is mulling another sharp boost to the pay structure of the Centre’s 5-million-strong workforce is also aimed at creating the requisite space for lateral entry of technically qualified professionals into the government, official sources told FE.

The retirement age was last revised in 1998, when the then NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee raised it from 58 to 60 years. The last UPA government had reportedly considered enhancing the retirement age further to 62 just before the general elections, but dropped the move.

The superannuation age was increased from 55 to 58 way back in 1962.

The total wage and salaries bill of the central government, excluding PSUs but including the railways, rose sharply between 2008 and 2010 due to the revised pay scales (along with payment of arrears) implemented as per the Sixth Pay Commission’s proposals.

The wage bill rose from Rs 1.09 lakh crore in 2007-08 to Rs 1.4 lakh crore in 2008-09, and further to Rs 1.7 lakh crore in 2009-10, before the growth moderated to Rs 1.84 lakh crore in 2010-11. The government spent Rs 2.54 lakh crore in wages and salaries in 2013-14. The railways (with 1.4 million employees), defence (civil), home affairs, India Post and revenue account for more than 80% of the total spending of the Centre on pays and allowances.

Thanks to successive pay commissions, the salaries and other emoluments of government employees have, on average, more than doubled in every decade since independence even though lack of sufficient performance incentives is still considered to be a drawback.

A merger of 50% of the dearness allowance with the basic salary, likely to be part of the Seventh Pay Commission’s award, which is to implemented from 2016, is expected to hike the Centre’s wage bill by a third and strain its fiscal situation. In February this year, the government hiked DA to 100%, from 90%, benefiting both its employees and 3 million pensioners.

The Centre’s expenditure on pension stood at Rs 74,076 crore in 2013-14 and the estimate for the current fiscal is Rs 81,983 crore. However, growth in the outgo on pension is expected to moderate due to the National Pension System based on the concept of defined contribution, launched in January 2004. The NPS has been accepted by large sections of central government employees and most state governments have shifted their employees to the new system.

According to Madan Sabnavis, chief economist at CARE Ratings, reducing the retirement age will give the government an opportunity to outsource more jobs, including by bringing in people as temporary consultants, who will then have to be paid only a fixed salary but not pension or provident fund. Their salary component will then show up as administrative costs, rather than as wage bill.

The finance ministry is weighing the pros and cons of the proposal to cut the retirement age. The move, sources said, is also in line with the BJP’s manifesto, which had promised to rationalise and converge ministries, departments and other arms of the government, open up government to draw expertise from industry, academia and society and tap the services of the youth in particular to contribute to governance.

Secretary (Posts) felicitates Arjuna Awardee Ms. Parul D.Parmar, PA Gandhinagar HO for winning Gold and Silver Medals at Asian Para Games held at Incheon, South Korea.

Secretary (Posts) today felicitated Ms. Parul Dalsukhbhas Parmar, Postal Assistant, Gandhinagar HO for winning a Gold Medal in Women’s Singles and Silver Medal in Mixed Doubles at Asian Para Games – 2014 held at Incheon, South Korea in October, 2014. Ms. Parmar has won several medals in badminton tournaments held in India as well as international tournaments held in Israel ( 2004 & 2005 ), Malaysia (2004 & 2006), Thailand (2007), Taiwan (2007), Germany (2009 & 2013) and China (2010). She has so far won 14 medals, 5 Silver medals and 4 Bronze medals. She has also won international Role Modal Award in 2006 as well as the prestigious Arjuna Award 2009.

Secretary (Posts) congratulated Ms. Parmar on her exceptional achievements in the field of sports which have brought pride to the country and Department of Posts in particular.
1]Representation of OBC,SC,ST in Higher Officers.
3]AMENDMENTS TO LABOUR LAWS                                        4] Proposals for amendment to the Minimum Wages Act, 1948          5] Mandatory Medical Care for Victims of Road Accidents and Pregnant WomenClick here to see the details.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

March to Parliament” on 4th December 2014.

Information to participants which is sent to ALL affiliated unions General secretaries and Circle secretaries on 17/11/2014Click here to see the details.

Monday, 24 November 2014

“March to Parliament” on 4th December 2014. The following places/locations have been arranged for staying purpose for participants in the programme.

All affiliated Unions General Secretaries
FWC Members
Circle Secretaries
Dear Colleagues,
You are aware that the Postal JCA has decided to go ahead with the programme which we planned earlier. The Department of Posts does not respect our sentiments. Every demand which we raised in the charter of Demands is either rejected or delayed indefinitely by the Department. Taking into consideration
of the present condition, the Postal JCA has decided to go ahead with our original programme, “March to Parliament” on 4th December 2014.
The following places/locations have been arranged for staying purpose for participants in the programme.
1. Sanatan Dharam Sabha
Shiv Mandir
2283, Ashok Nagar
Faiz Road, Karol Bagh,
New Delhi 110 005.
2. MTNL Quarters
CH 17-18, Atul Grove Road,
New Delhi 110 001.
In both the above places, our Federation will provide bedding for the participants. The Federation is unable to provide any kind of food to the participants. Participants may make their own arrangements in respect of food. Further we are unable to provide hot water to participants during their stay. In December,
The climate in Delhi will be of severe cold. Therefore participants are requested to bring necessary clothing so as to bear the cold. The March to Parliament will start at 10 a.m. from Jantar Matar. All the participants of FNPO affiliated unions are requested to come to MTNL Quarters at Atul Grove Road at 9.30 a.m. FNPO procession will start from Atul Grove Road to Jantar Mantar and join with NFPE participants. From there we will proceed to parliament. Participants are requested to bear any convenience caused during their stay in Delhi. We are unable to provide proper accommodation to the participants at Delhi due to pan city of funds with the Federation. However we provide accommodation which is not lesser than that of NFPE participants. The places of stay mentioned above will be available from 3rd December to 5th December2014 up to 10 a.m. Therefore participants are advised to reach Delhi on 3rd December and leave by 5th December 10 a.m. The participants belonging to Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh are requested to come on the morning of 4th December.
The intention to hold “March to Parliament” is to show our strength as well as our anguish and protest against the Department / Government. Therefore all participants should bear the inconvenience during the stay in Delhi .FNPO hopes and trusts the participants will raise to the occasion.

Yours Fraternally,

Secretary General