Bailadila

Bailadila

The hills of Bailadila Bailadila, which have abundant highest quality iron ore deposits, are located in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. There are two major cities in this industrial area. First Kirandul and second left. The distance from Raipur to Kirandul is 424 km while Bacheli falls 12 km earlier.Bailadila is a beautiful range of hills situated in Chhattisgarh where abundant iron minerals are found. The surface of the mountain looks like a bull’s hump hence it is named “Baila Dila” which means “Bull’s Hump” Bailadila is an industrial area divided into two cities Bacheli and Kirandul. The highest iron mineral is found on the top of a hill called Akash Nagar, which is also the highest peak.However, to visit this peak, permission has to be obtained from the National Mineral Development Corporation. Beautiful views and lush green forests can be enjoyed from this peak.

It was only in the 11th century that the Chola dynasty kings of the south opened the factory to manufacture weapons by harnessing iron from the Bailadila hills. This means that from that time information was available about the availability of iron in Bailadila. The tribals of Bastar are also adept at extracting iron from the stones found in Bailadila.All their tools are being manufactured from local ore itself. If you come to the Manav Sangrahalaya in Bhopal, you can interview those tribals for making iron and artistic works made of iron. But the exploration and export of iron ore on a large scale is a different story.The hills of Bailadila, which have abundant highest quality iron ore deposits, are located in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. There are two major cities in this industrial area. First Kirandul and second left. The distance from Raipur to Kirandul is 424 km while Bacheli falls 12 km earlier. A hundred years ago, it was written that Bailadila mountain bull is called by the name because of its deal size.

At the end of the 19th century, Shri P.N. Bose, a noted geologist, reached Bailadila in his search for minerals and found high quality iron ore. Subsequently, in 1934–35, Mr. Crookshank of the Geological Survey of India surveyed the entire area and made a geological value map and 14 such hill areas (deposits-deposits) where large quantities of iron ore were available, Marked sequentially.Professor Eumeura of Tokyo University, studying Indian iron ore, informed the composition of Japanese steel-making mills about the availability of high quality iron ore in Bailadila. In those days, the steel mills of Japan strived for continuous supply of high quality iron ore.This was a happy news for him. In 1957, a delegation of his reached India under the leadership of Mr. Asada and toured various iron ore fields. His study and complete satisfaction laid the foundation of the agreement between India and Japan in future. In March 1960, under the contract between the Indian government and the Japanese steel mills, it was decided to export 40 lakh tons of cast iron from Bailadila and 20 million tons from Kiriburu (Odisha) to Japan.

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