Bilaspur, a 400 year old city, also known as "The City of Festivals" is located in Bilaspur District in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Bilaspur is the Administrative headquarters of the Bilaspur District and Bilaspur Division. Bilaspur enjoys the distinctiveness of being one of the major cities in Chhattisgarh with considerable historical significance. Located in the eastern part of Chhattisgarh, Bilaspur is nearly four centuries old. Referred to as the "Rice Bowl of India", Bilaspur abounds in lush greenery and boasts of a myriad number of tourist attractions. If the historical records are to be given any credence, then there is no reason to disbelieve the fact that Bilaspur owes its name to a fisherwoman, Bilasa Devi in the 17th century. Bilaspur during that time and for many more years to come remained a fishing hamlet consisting of a few fishermen's huts.
The Chhattisgarh High Court, located at Bodri, District Bilaspur has privileged it with the title 'Nyayadhani' (Law Capital) of the State. This city is the commercial center and business hub of North East Chhattisgarh region. It is also an important city for the Indian Railways, as it is the headquarters for South East Central Railway Zone(SECR) and the Bilaspur Railway Division. Bilaspur is the 3rd cleanest and the 4th longest railway station in India. Bilaspur is also the headquarters of South Eastern Coalfields Limited. NTPC, Sipat is nearest to Bilaspur as well.
Bilaspur is known for its aromatic rice variety named ‘Doobraj’ rice, Handloom woven colourful soft Kosa silk sarees. Basic Tasar Silkworm Seed Organisation (BTSSO) under the Central Silk Board, Government of India collects, executes the production and supply of nucleus and basic Tasar seed from surrounding areas.
Bilaspur has been selected as one of the 100 Indian cities to be developed as a Smart city under the Smart Cities Mission.
Bilaspur Smart City Smart e-Library is located at Central Library, Arvind Nagar, New Sarkanda. It is one of its kind in India. Equipped with the best of infrastructure, books, reading room, digital library, kids corner; the entire library is automated with state of the art equipment. The library has WiFi for the benefit of the visitors.
The Central Library houses a wide variety of books and a vast reading room. The Digital Library is equipped with most modern computers and software. Smart eBooks of many varieties with Smart Code inside each eBook entertain and enrich the readers. Ebooks of many genres can be locally accessed in the digital library and also on WiFi. Competitive examination and Test preparation Active eBooks help students and youth prepare for their careers. Language Learning cognitive eBooks can be used by all students and citizens to learn variety of languages.
The entire e-Library can be accessed on the cloud/internet. Citizens can read free and paid subscription eBooks and can also download them for offline reading. These eBooks cater to students and citizens of all ages. As a part of the mission “Bringing the Glory of the Book Back”, Smart eBooks of many varieties are being provided to entertain and enrich the citizens and encourage them to read books.
Schools, colleges, universites, businesses, corporates, reading rooms etc can partner with Bilaspur Smart City e-Library to provide subsidized subscription of its paid content to students, employees and members. The entire digital library will be implemented offline at the partner’s site so that rich content can be accesses locally. There are many benefits offered to the partners including
1) personalized eBooks with partner’s name and logo
2) mobile application with partner’s name and logo
3) frequent updates to content
4) providing book posters and other awareness literature
5) part of smart city literary competitions
6) special ebooks during festivals and holidays