Mahasamund is a town in Mahasamund District in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. The city is divided into 30 wards and four zones and it is the largest city in the Trans-Mahanadi Area. It is also the administrative headquarters of Mahasamund District and part of the proposed new Municipal Corporation, along with Dhamtari, Birgaon, and Charoda. The present Mayor (Nagar Palika) is Mr.Pawan Patel.[when?] People of this area demanding to create new Revenue Division of Mahasamund Division Sambhag (Revenue Division) comprising Mahasamund District, Gariaband District and Baloda Bazar District.
|Elevation||318 m (1,043 ft)|
|• Official||Odia, Chhattisgarhi|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Mahasamund is located at  It has an average elevation of 318 metres (1043 feet). Mahasamund is 56 km South-East of Raipur on the junction of National Highway 6 and National Highway 217 close to the Mahanadi River. Mahasamund city is an important station on the Raipur-Vizag rail route. Mahasamund and Raipur is the only district headquarter city which is very close to the Chhattisgarh New Capital Naya Raipur..
As of 2011[update] India census, Mahasamund had a population of 85,650. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Mahasamund has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 61%. In Mahasamund, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age. The estimated population in 2014 is above one lakh. See List of cities in Chhattisgarh
Mahasamund is 55 km from Raipur, 105 km from Dhamtari, 30 km from Rajim, 160 km from Bilaspur, 95 km from Durg, 85 km from Bhilai, 115 km from Saraipali, 180 km from Bargarh, and 250 km from Sambalpur.
Guru GhasiDas bus terminal in Mahasamund is well connected to its nearby cities. There are regular bus services to Raipur, Bilaspur, Saraipali, Baloda Bazar Bemetara, Simga, Rajim, Sarangarh, Gariyaband, Khariar Road, Nuapada, Berhampur, Asika, and Bhawanipatna.
Mahasamund has two railway stations: Mahasamund railway station and Belsonda station. Mahasamund railway station is an important station on the East Coast Railway zone. Dualling of the railway track from Raipur Mahasamund to Titilagarh is in progress and may be completed in July 2015. The Mahasamund-Arand section is complete. Two new platforms have been sanctioned and construction started. Rail Ministry sanctioned the New Additional Divisional Railway Manager Sub Division headquarter at Mahasamund.
Mahasamund railway station is situated on the Raipur Vishakhapatnam railway line. There are regular trains for Bhubhneshwar - Puri - Vishakhapatnam -Durg - Raipur - Bilaspur - Korba -Nagpur - Mumbai - Delhi - Bhopal -Titilagarh - Sambalpur - Bhawanipatna - Ahmedabad - Jodhpur -Katni -Shahdol -Anuppur .
Mahasamund is well connected to major Indian cities through. National Highway 6 and National Highway 217. The construction of improving National Highway 6 to a four-lane road from Mahasamund to Odisha is in progress.
State government approved city bus project in Mahasamund city. Under Jnurm scheme government sanctioned 9 low floor city bus for Mahasamund city.
Mahasamund City is the educational hub for the nearby areas. Some of the leading institutes are
- Weidner memorial Senior Secondary School CBSE Pattern
- Kendriya Vidyalay CBSE Pattern
- New Holy Faith School CBSE Pattern
- Delhi Public School CBSE Pattern
- Maharishi Public School CBSE Pattern
- Saraswati Higher Secondary School CG Board
- Shishu Sanskar Kendra Higher Secondary School CG Board
- Good Shepherd Higher Secondary School CG Board
- Shyam Vidya Higher Secondary School CG Board
- DMS Higher Secondary School CG Board
- Vrindavan Higher Secondary School CG Board
- Mata Gayatri Higher Secondary School CG Board
- Ashi Bai Golcha Girls Higher Secondary School CG Board
- Govt. Model Boys Higher Secondary School CG Board
- Chhattisgarh Higher Secondary School CG Board
- Dream India Public School CBSE Pattern
- Mahaprabhu Vallabhcharya Govt. PG College.
- Mata Karma Govt. PG Girls College.
- Shantri Bai Arts;Science and Commerce College.
- Jai Hind College.
- Govt. Polytechnic College.
- Govt. Vetnary Hospital and Polytechnic College.
- Govt. Livelihood College.
- Indian College.
- Shyam B ED College.
- Govt. Forest Guard Training Centre.
The economy of Mahasamund is based on agriculture and mining. Rice is the main crop grown here. The black stone of this area is mined for tiles; Mahasamund also has many stone-cutting factories. The Industrial Area of Birkoni and Belsonda is just 10 and 05 km respectively.
Mahasamund is home to branches of all the major public and private sector banks in India. These include Axis Bank, State Bank of India Main Branch, Collectorate Road Branch, Station, Station Road Branch, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank, Bank Of Maharashtra, Allahabad Bank, Vijaya Bank, Bank of India, Union Bank, Uco Bank, Punjab National Bank, Dena Bank, Central Bank, Laxmi Vilas Bank and Canara Bank Bank of Baroda Bandhan Bank Indian Bank as well as around 30 ATMs located all around the city.
Culture and religionEdit
About 90 percent population of the city follow Hinduism. People from all over India have settled here. The city is a great example of peace and harmony.
Mahasamund is the very high profile and one of the 11 parliament constituency in the state of Chhattisgarh. This constituency is the seat of former Union Minister Late.Vidya Charan Shukla who contested 12 lok sabha elections in which he won 11 and 1 loss against first Chief Minister Ajit Jogi. In 2014 general election Ajit Jogi lost the election against BJP candidate Chandu lal Sahu. Assembly Segments are:- Mahasamund Saraipali Basna Khallari Bindranawagarh Rajim Dhamtari Kurud.
The Member of legislative Assembly from Mahasamund constituency is Dr. Vimal Chopra (Independent).
Tourist sites in and around Mahasamund include Sirpur, the ancient capital of South Kosal and famous for its Lakshman temple, Buddha Vihar and many archaeological sites. The state government has decided to develop this area as a World Heritage site. Other nearby tourist sites include Kodar Dam, Rajim Kumbh, Rajiv Lochan Temple, and Khallari Temple. The birthplace of Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya is in nearby Champaran.
- Ayodhya Nagar
- Vardhman Nagar
- RamRahim Nagar
- Shankar Nagar
- Trimurti Colony
- Shubhash Nagar
- Laldharhi Para
- Club Para
- Aadarsh Nagar
- Mahamaya Para
- Mahavir Park
- Shivalik Park
- Jagat Vihar Colony also known as(Kaushik Colony)
- Shri Ram Vatika
- Megh Basant
- Civil Line
- New Civil Line
- Mahavir Colony
- Punjabi Para
- Gujrati Para
- Naya Rawan bhatha Para
- Purana Rawan bhatha Para
- Housing Board Colony
- Mahauri Bhatha
- ShriRam colony
- Gudru Para
- Purani Basti
- Beldar Para
- Sanjay Nagar
- Auto Colony
- Purana Machali Market
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Mahasamund
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