Raipur is the capital city of Chhattisgarh and is the administrative headquarters of the Raipur district. The city is located centrally in the Chhattisgarh. It was once the part of the Southern Kosal under the Maurya Kingdom. The city is called ‘Raipur’ after the name of Brahmdeo Rai (King Ramachandra's son). At the time of India’s independence, Raipur district was incorporated into the Central Provinces and Berar. Traditionally, Raipur’s economy has been dependent upon agricultural-processing, alloy, cement, steel, rice and poha.
The city is the nerve center of business today, especially for forests and agricultural products. It is an important commercial and industrial destination for the power, coal, plywood, aluminum and steel industries; and because of this it is one of the India’s richest cities. There are about 195 sponge iron plant, 500 agro-industries, more than 800 rice plants, 200 steel rolling mills, 65 plywood factories and more than 35 ferro-alloy plants in the city. Apart from these, many major cement manufacturing companies like Century Cement, Grasim and Ambuja have a presence in the city.