Power City Industrial Capital of Chhattisgarh
From top, left to right: Palm mall, CSEB west Chimney and Cooling tower , BALCO aluminium plant, Dumpers at Gevra coalmines, Deopahri Forest range ,Transport Nagar road, Korba Urjadhani Logo, Pali Ancient shiv mandir, Chaiturgarh hills, Chaiturgarh temple, Sunset in Satrenga
Korba is located in Chhattisgarh
Location in Chhattisgarh, India
Korba is located in India
Korba (India)
Coordinates: 22°21′N 82°41′E / 22.35°N 82.68°E / 22.35; 82.68
Country India
Named forPahadi korwas
 • BodyNagar Nigam Korba
 • MayorRajkishor Prasad (INC)
 • PresidentShyam Sunder Soni (INC)[1]
316 m (1,037 ft)
 (Urban 2011)
 • Total365,253
 • Rank126th
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
495677 (Korba)[2]
Area code7759
Vehicle registrationCG-12
Sex ratio927 /

Korba is a city and an industrial area in Korba District in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Korba was erstwhile part of Bilaspur District before 25 May 1998 later that Korba was made a separate District for ease of administration but it is still under Bilaspur Division. Korba is called power capital of Chhattisgarh due to its Coal reserves and Industrial base for multiple thermal based power plants from Public sector like NTPC Limited, CSEB from State of Chhattisgarh as well as from private sector apart from Power plants Korba has the Asia's second largest and India's largest open cast coal mine in Gevra area of Korba Coalfield. Korba produces 140 Million tons of coal every year which accounts for 17% of Country's total coal production and 85% of Chhattisgarh Coal production. BALCO Private owned Aluminium producer  has its smelter Aluminium Plant in Korba. Here mainly the protected tribal tribe Korwa (Pahadi Korwa) resides. Korba district is blessed by lush green forests from all around, a large population of tribals is found here. The tribals here prefer to live in harmony with the environment in the forest area due to which they have retained their distinctive cultural characteristics and traditional practices.


Korba is located at 22°21′N 82°41′E / 22.35°N 82.68°E / 22.35; 82.68.[3] It has an average elevation of 252 m (827 ft). As of 2011 India census,[4] Korba city had a population of 365,253. Korba City is a part of the Korba District which was formed on 25 May 1998. The forest area cover of Korba is 4,187.375 km2 (1,616.755 sq mi). There are 17 police stations in Korba and it contains five blocks.[5]


[6][7][8]Korba Super Thermal Power Plant of NTPC is located at Jamanipali area. It receives coal from Gevra and Kusmunda mines and source of water for the power plant is Hasdeo River.[9] Korba Thermal Power Station is owned and operated by National Thermal Power Corporation.[10][11] There are more small Power Plant near city like Hasdeo Thermal Power Station, Dr Shyama Prasad Mukharjee Thermal Power Station and Lanco Amarkantak Power Plant.

Himadri Speciality Chemical has its manufacturing facility located in Korba.[12] Bharat Aluminium Company has plant which is one of the Asia's largest aluminium production industries. In 2009, chimney under construction by Gannon Dunkerley & Company at the Balco smelter collapsed killing 49 workers and GDCL management have been accused of negligence in the incident.[13][14][15][16]

Government and jurisdiction

Korba is headquarter of Korba district. Korba City has been a metropolitan municipality with a mayor-council form of government.

Korba (Lok Sabha constituency) is a Lok Sabha parliamentary constituency for the city and constituency is composed of the following assembly segments:[17] Rampur (ST) (assembly constituency no. 20), Korba (assembly constituency no. 21), Katghora (assembly constituency no. 22) and Pali-Tanakhar (ST) (assembly constituency no. 23) is part of Korba district. Currently, Jyotsna Charan Das Mahant of Indian National Congress is a member of parliament to the 17th Lok Sabha and Jai Singh Agrawal of Indian National Congress sitting Member of the Legislative Assembly from Korba (Vidhan Sabha constituency).[18]



Korba is well connected with the state and neighbouring states with a network of national and state highways. The major highways are National Highway 149B till Champa and National Highway 130 via Bilaspur till Raipur.


The nearest railway station Korba railway station, which is connected to Champa, which in turn lies on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line. The stations come under the South East Central Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. It is also directly connected to Bilaspur, the divisional headquarter of the railway zone.

Bus transport

Korba is well connected with a bus transport to various cities within and outside the state. Regular bus services are operated by the government and private operators from Korba Bus Station, the main bus station of the city, to cities like Bilaspur, Champa, Ambikapur, Raipur, Raigarh, Jharsuguda, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Nagpur, among others.


The nearest airport is Bilaspur Airport, located 100 km (62 mi) southwest from Korba. Previously, the Government of Chhattisgarh was planning to expand and develop the airstrip present within the city premises. However, due to restricted amount of space within the airfield and due to the city's extent, the government has proposed to build a new domestic airport at Baikunthpur, 145 km (90 mi) north of Korba.[19]




See also


  1. ^ Korba Nagar Nigam Sabhapati पद पर Congress का कब्जा – Congress के Shyam Sunder Soni बने सभापति [Congress captures the post of Korba Nagar Nigam Sabhapati. Shyam Sunder Soni of Congress becomes the chairman]. IBC24 (in Hindi). 10 January 2020. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  2. ^ Korba
  3. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc – Korba
  4. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Demography of Korba District". Government of Chhattisgarh. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Coal Mine Project Opportunity" (PDF). Korba Coalfield. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Question remains on CIL's expansion projects in Chhattisgarh – Question remains on CIL's expansion projects in Chhattisgarh". Financial Express, 13 April 2011. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  8. ^ "CIL's SECL makes day record for coal output in March". Steelguru, 13 April 2007. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  9. ^ "NTPC Korba". Archived from the original on 26 October 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  10. ^ Chhattisgarh State Power Generation Company, "Thermal power stations" Archived 11 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Chhattisgarh State Power Generation Company website, accessed February 2012.
  11. ^ "Page Title". Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Himadri to invest ₹1,000 cr. in Singur". The Hindu. 14 March 2018. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 June 2023.
  13. ^ http://in.news.yahoo.com/43/20090924/812/tnl-balco-chimney-crash-deaths-climb-to.html[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Balco chimney mishap: Three Chinese officials arrested in Korba". Hindustan Times. 11 January 2010. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  15. ^ Anderlini, Jamil (29 September 2009). "India questions Sepco staff over chimney collapse". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 11 December 2022. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
  16. ^ "25 die in accident at BALCO's new plant at Korba". Business Standard. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  17. ^ "CandidateAC.xls file on assembly constituencies with information on district and parliamentary constituencies". Chhattisgarh. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  18. ^ Korba (Vidhan Sabha constituency)
  19. ^ "Monthly Allowance To Unemployed Youth, Focus On Metro, Sports & Infra: CM Baghel Tabels Chhattisgarh Budget". ABP News. 6 March 2023. Retrieved 9 March 2023.