Bhilai (81.42E 21.20N) is at the heart of the Durg iron-producing district of India. With both iron ore and coal (11.1 million tons per year) available in the district, this was an obvious location for a major steelworks; but construction of such works would not take place until after Indian independence, in 1955, with the help of Soviet aid. The British were very protective of their domestic steel industry, and the Indians were very short on capital.
Van Royden and Bowles (1952)
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