Global business consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is helping India design tech-savvy cities such as Naya Raipur, Ahmedabad, saying the country needs technology to manage development challenges.

Among the cities being designed by the multinational giant is Naya Raipur Smart City in Chhattisgarh where it is building telecom infrastructure, Hazem Galal, PwC’s Doha-based Global Leader for Cities & Local Government Sector said.

“We are helping with the design of the city and how to use technology to provide more services, basically technology-enabled services for the citizens and the nation,” he said yesterday.

“When we are designing new cities, we design them for ‘livability’.

“We want economic activities happening within the city so that they don’t become places where people only sleep and work elsewhere, worsening the transportation problem.”

PwC has been working on a number of projects in India, including the Mumbai Smart & Safe City initiative as the most significant one. In Gujarat, it is working on developing integrated, smart and sustainable cities with a focus on the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and the city of Ahmedabad with their e-Governance programme.

Galal also sounded optimistic on pro-investment Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the new government would lead India to a growth period.

It would mean that a lot of its cities could thrive as business centres, he said.

He pointed out the success of Bangalore terming it a globally recognised city for its own clusters of businesses, especially the outsourcing services.

However, Galal lamented the failure of New Delhi to encash from the Commonwealth Games as its infrastructure could not be completed on time amidst complaints from international athletes.

In contrast, London has gained from having delivered its infrastructure and transportation system in due time for the Olympic Games.

Best 30 cities in the world

The PwC yesterday released its study for the best 30 cities in the world.

The report “Cities of Opportunities 6” rated Mumbai, the financial capital of India, at 28th position.

He said Mumbai needs to improve on its transportation and infrastructure among other services to be among the top cities of the world.

London topped the list of the 30 cities followed by New York and Singapore at second and third positions respectively.

Comparatively, Mumbai did well in PwC’s report on Emerging 7 or E7 which evaluated the ratings of cities in South Africa, India, Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia, Russia and Brazil.

He, however, stressed that India would really need to invest hard in basic infrastructure, make it easier for doing business in the country and remove regulatory barriers that are seen as a deterrent by multi-national corporations.

Dudhadhari Mandir

The founder of this math (temple) was Shri Balbhadra Das Mahantji. However no body knows the exact date when he came to Raipur. Mahantji was great devotee of Lord Hanumanji. He started worshipping a piece of stone as if that was the Lord Hanuman himself. Everyday a cow called “Surhi” would come and bathe the stone with milk which the Mahantji drank and in fact stopped eating food. Hence with the passage of time, Mahantji’s food was “Dudh-Ahari” meaning food consisting of milk and hence the name of the math followed. In days of yore, when Raipur came under the Nagpur region, it used to be ruled by the Bhosles. Shri Raghu Raoji Bhosle who was then king built the “Balaji Temple” in 1610 AD.



The village is identified with Champaranya, the birth place of the Saint Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh Sect for whom this place has religious sanctity. A temple was constructed in honour of Guru Swamy Vallabhacharya. Near to this Temple, there is the temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva.

An annual fair is held every year in the month of Magh (January – February). Birth Anniversary of Mahapprabhu Vallabhacharya is celebrated every year on Eleventh bright day of Baisakh (April-May) and a large number of followers of the Sect assemble here to pay homage.


Majestically located in the midst of the magnificent Vindhya and Satpura ranges at an elevation of 1065 meters, Amarkantak in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh wraps up the beauty and charm of a typical sylvan environment. This lovely tract of land is a major pilgrim centre in the entire central province and is famed as the source of two pretty rivers, the Narmada and the Sone.

Amarkantak is a Sanskrit word with much mythological significance, which gains it the prestigious sobriquet as Theertharaja. Holiness of Amarkantak is greatly associated with the holy river Narmada. Perhaps it is due to the presence of this holy river that this locale in the Vindhyans gets much popularity as a devout centre. As per the Holy Scriptures, River Narmada transcends all other sacred rivers with her indomitable virtue as the daughter of Lord Shiva. Legends has it that a mere glance of this beloved daughter of the destroyer God would fetch innumerable boons and the devotees strongly believe that who ever dies at Amarkantak would fetch salvation.

A land with a vivid history, Amarkantak narrates the tales of various dynasties, right from the Pandavas to the foreign rule of the modern times. Each edifice in Amarkantak portrays diverse styles that recount the period during which these architectural grandeurs were materialized. This stunning facade of Amarkantak gently adds the magnificence of this legendary spot to a great extent.

Internationally acclaimed as a natural heritage zone, the dense forests of Amarkantak depict a unique ecosystem. Its far-off valleys and atolls showcase an exceedingly diverse floristic genre, where ratio between species to genera is comparatively minimal.

A relatively off track destination Amarkantak is a veritable paradise, with a salubrious climate and most pictorial environs. Its ever-pervading air of composure, the grassy hills, woody backgrounds and the bewitching cascades makes it a popular wacky destination.

At Amarkantak one can feel the pristine nature in its full bloom and the place is all set to enthrall the onlooker with its sacred ponds, glittering streams, snooty knolls and the dense woods.

Rajivlochan Mandir

Rajiv Lochan Temple is one of the major temples in India, situated in Chattisgarh. The temple is situated along the holy Mahanadi , where worshippers in huge numbers come every year to worship .Rajiv Lochan Temple , is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Rajiv Lochan Temple is located in Rajim. Here every year a fair is organized , which starts from Magh Purnima and continues till Shivaratri. The temple is located at the confluence of the rivers .This area is also called Prayag of Chhattisgarh. At this place Pairi River, Mahanadi, and Saunduor river meets here, which is why this place is knows as Triveni Sangam .


Chitrakot falls, also sobriquet as the ‘Niagra falls of India’ is scenically located at a distance of 48 kms from Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh. Claiming to be the broadest waterfall in India, the waterfall is formed by the river Indravati, when it falls from a height of 29 mts, i.e. 96 ft.

The breadth of the waterfall varies from season to season as the river dries up during the summer. An interesting fact about the waterfall is that there is a vast difference in the view during the summer and in the monsoon. While the waterfall looks white and clear during summers, it gains the brown colour of the silt during the monsoons. Also the water appears to be milky in the morning, crystal white during the afternoon and then reddish as the night grows.

Since the river settles down quickly, boating is also possible. The best time to visit this giant is during the monsoons when it its effect is at the mightiest. Surrounded by lush green forests, the view of the chitrakot waterfall from a distance gives a very pretty picture.

Many government rest houses are available for sojourn. Tourists can also indulge in shopping for local handicrafts made by the tribal. Located a just a stone’s throw away from Jagdalpur, one can visit this waterfall only via the road.


Spanning over 10 – hectares of land, Nandan Van is a nature centre located at a distance of 16 km from Raipur city. The main objective of establishing such a nature park was to provide shelter to stray wild animals. It also acts as a biological park and maintains some common forestry plants. There is a also a small zoo here. The centre has been instrumental in creating awareness of nature among urbanites.


Energy Park

Every year students of 4th semester are taken on an educational tour or power plant visit and picnic by the faculties of our department. Last year I had been unable to go. So this year I decided not to miss out on the fun and to go on the picnic & tour even if it was on a Sunday in hot season of March. So on 7th March,

three college buses taking 91 students, 14 staff members, 6 catering people and their pots and pans, left for CREDA Energy Park with all students hooting and cheering. :) Energy Park set up by Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) at Raipur is a park based on the theme of generation and usage of various forms of renewable energy sources. The park consists of a beautiful garden with lots of greenery and flowers, a fountain,an artificial lake and water falls.

khallari mata mandir

Khallari mata temple is situated on a hilltop forest of khallari villoge about 25k.m south to Mahasamund every year during navratre the devotees gather to vist the goddess and to participate in the annual fair scheduled on the full moon day of the month of chaitra it is believedthat it is during the mahasamund ere the pandava had frequented this hilltop locals are of the belief that footprints of bhima are visible throughout tha hillyarea.


Seorinarayan temple

Seorinarayan, popularly called the Land of Vishnu, is 65 kms south-east of Bilaspur in Janjgir-Champa district. Situated at the holy confluence of three rivers, Mahanadi, Sheonath and Jonk, Seorinarayan is immersed in history, myth and legend. It is said that this was the home of Shabari, a disciple of Lord Ram. A brick temple, supposedly built bv Shabari with her own hands, is still extant.


Lafagarh is situated around 70 kms away from Korba(Chhattisgarh).

Lafagarh Fort, located on the highest peak of Mekaal Mountain,it is situated at a height of 3060 height on the hill top.The fort lies on the Korba-Bilaspur road. It was constructed by Raja Pratwidev First.

The fort has three main entrances which are named as Menaka, Humkara, and Sinhadwar.A small temple, situated at the main entrance of the fort, is noteworthy. Another point of attraction is the big dome supported by five rows of pillars with each row having five pillars. The main outer door of the fort is called Jhandi or Dinda door. The second door is popularly known as Manka Dawar whereas the third one is called Hukhra Dawar

Danteshwari Temple

Danteshwari Temple is temple dedicated to Goddess Danteshwari, and is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas, shrines of Shakti, the divine feminine, spread across India. The temple built in 14th century by the Chalukyas of the South, is situated in Dantewada, a town situated 80 km from Jagdalpur Tehsil, Chhattisgarh. Dantewada is named after the Goddess Danteshwari, the presiding deity of the earlier Kakatiya rulers. Traditionally she is the Kuldevi (family goddess) of Bastar state.

The temple is as according legends, the spot where the Daanth or Tooth of Sati fell, during the episode when all the Shakti shrines were created in the Satya Yuga.

Every year during Dusshera thousands of tribals from surrounding villages and jungles gather here to pay homage to the goddess, when her idol was taken out of that ancient Danteshwari temple and then taken around the city in an elaborate procession, now a popular tourist attraction part of the ‘Bastar Dussehra’ festival.There also a is tradition of lighting Jyoti Kalashas during Navaratris here.

jagannath temple Raipur

The Jagannath Temple was originally established in I860. Recently, a much bigger temple has been constructed over the smaller original structure. Situated in the middle of the prosperous residential Gayatri Nagar, the temple attracts hundreds of devotees each day. The main festival here is the Rath Yatra.


Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1975 under the Wildlife Protection Act. This dense forest, which spreads over an area of 555 sq. km, is about 40 km from Bilaspur City. This sanctuary houses wild animals including tiger, leopard, chital, sambar, bear and various other animals. Several watch towers are erected at different places inside this sanctuary, from where tourists can clearly see the wild animals roaming in their natural habitat. From Bilaspur, tour for this jungle is organised by the forest department. Tourists can also use their own vehicles to tour the jungle. Guides are provided by the forest department to ensure that tourists do not get lost inside the sanctuary. These guides are available at the check post in Achanakmar and Lamni. Keeping in view the needs of tourists, the forest department have setup several rest houses inside the sanctuary. An herbal cultivation centre is also setup by the department near Lamni.

Maa Bambleshwari Temple

Maa Bamleshwari Temple, Dongargarh, Bambleshwari Temple in Dongargarh is situated at the top of a 1600 feet high hill and is devoted to the Hindu goddess Maa Bambleshwari Devi. The temple has 2 separate segments; Badi Bambleshwari is the temple at the hilltop, where as Chhotti Bambleshwari is located a bit further away from the vicinity of the main temple. Bambleshwari Temple is steeped in ancient legends. It is widely believed that the actually temple was built during the reign of emperor Vikaramaditya, which dates back to 600 years ago. Conversely it is also believed that Raja Veersen, ruler of Dongargarh, in order to appease the Gods for his true successor, had built the temple 2200 years ago.

The (BRTS) connecting Raipur with Naya Raipur – the upcoming new capital town of - would take shape by the end of next year.

The work for setting up bus depot in the Naya Raipur to facilitate infrastructure for the BRTS started on Saturday. The Excel Infrastructure Private Limited has bagged the contract to build the bus depot on five acre land.

“The bus depot and shelter would be build with modern technology and the infrastructure development work for the BRTS would be completed by the end of 2014,” chief executive officer of Naya Raipur Development Authority, Amit Kataria said. Besides bus shelter and depot, pick-up points, workshop and control room will be set up for the BRTS, he added.

While the depot will have the modern facilities of recycling water, waste management, buses would be cleaned with the help of machines. The control room proposed for the system would also be hi-tech, Kataria said.

The Naya Raipur is being developed for the capital functions of Chhattisgarh in an area of 80.13 sq km. By 2031, the town would be house to a population of 560,000. The new capital city is located at a distance of around 17 km, south-east of Raipur.

Since people would require a good connectivity, the authority worked on the plan for implementing the BRTS.

In 2008, the initiative was taken. The IDFC Limited, Bangalore, was appointed to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for bus services in public private partnership (PPP) format. In the meantime, Naya Raipur was selected as a demonstration city for the World Bank assisted Sustainable Urban Transport Program, sponsored by Ministry of Urban Development.

To start with, the Naya Raipur Development Authority had planned to operate 50 low-floor buses. The process to procure the buses has started.