Singrauli district General information
Singrauli is the 50th district of the state of Madhya Pradesh. It was granted district status on May 24, 2008. Its headquarter is situated at Waidhan. Jayant is the most watched out place in the area with all the amenities of life. It has been formed after disintegrating it from Sidhi district. Singrauli is fast emerging as an energy hub of India , especially for electric power and coal and therefore locally it is also called urjanchal ( a Hindi word which means land of energy ). The total installed capacity of all power plants at singaruli is around ten percent of total installed capacity of India.
The area in the eastern part of Sidhi Distt. in the state of MP and the adjoining southern part of Sonebhadra Distt. in the state of UP is collectively known as Singrauli. Singrauli is emerging as India’s Energy Capital, the place earlier known as Shringavali, named after the sage Shringi, was once upon a time covered with dense and unnavigable forests and inhabited by wild animals. The place was considered so treacherous that it was used by the Kings of Rewa State, who ruled the area till 1947, as an open air prison for detaining errant civilians and officers.
Just two generations ago, small holders were tending their parcels of land here, and the original inhabitants were gathering honey and herbs in the forest. In the late fifties, a large scale dam banked up the water of the River Rihand. The dam known as Govind Vallabh Pant Sagar, was inaugurated by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1962. Later, rich coal deposits spread over an area of 2200 km² in the state of M.P. ( eastern part of Sidhi Distt.) and U.P. (southern part of Sonebhadra Distt.) were discovered close to the artificial lake that could be used to generate electricity.
The population of Singrauli mainly consists of professionals and workers of these large industrial units and businessmen and employees of other organizations dealing with the power or coal industry, in addition to staff members of various government agencies
The nearest city to singrauli is Varanasi 208 km by road, nearest railway junction is Singrauli junction ( The one platform junction between Katni-Chopan line ), it is 768 km from Bhopal. The nearest airport is at varanasi and one at mayurpur owned by Hindalco.