Bokaro is a major industrial centre and the fourth largest city in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It is the headquarters of Bokaro district (one of the most industrialised zones in India) and home to the largest steel plant in India and several other large, medium and small industries.
Bokaro Steel City is the headquarters of the Bokaro District as well as Koylanchal range (Bokaro, Dhanbad and Giridih). It is one of the three headquarters of the Police IG zone, apart from Ranchi and Dumka, covering seven districts — Hazaribagh, Dhanbad, Giridih, Koderma, Chatra, Bokaro, and Ramgarh.
As of the 2011 India census, under the urban agglomeration of Bokaro Steel City, it is the 86th largest urban agglomeration and fourth largest city in Jharkhand.
As per 2011 Census of India, Bokaro Steel City Urban Agglomeration had a population of 564,319, of which males were 299,232 and females 264,185. Bokaro Steel City Urban Agglomeration is composed of Bokaro Steel City (Census Town), Chas (Nagar Parishad) and Bandhgora (CT).
As per the 2011 Census of India Bokaro Steel City (Census Town) had a population of 414,820, of which 219,646 were males and 195,174 females. Scheduled Castes numbered 44,861 and Scheduled Tribes numbered 41,272.
In 2001, Bokaro Steel City (CT) had a population of 394,173 of which males were 213,044 and females 181,829. Males constituted 53% of the population and females 47%. Total number of literates in Bokaro Steel City were 289,296, with males numbering 173,639 and females 115,657.
As per 2011 census the total number of literates in Bokaro Steel City UA was 420,736 (84.87% of total population) out of which 242,827 (92.27% of males) were males and 177,909 (76.50% of females) were females.
As per 2011 census the number of literates in Bokaro Steel City (CT) was 303,783 out of which 174,522 were males and 129,261 were females.
The Bokaro administration has taken a step to turn Bokaro into a shopping hub for the region. An anti-encroachment drive has been launched in the steel city to make way for malls and multiplexes. The BSL administration has prepared a blueprint to develop shopping destinations and multiple-screen theatres.
The Bokaro Mall – With a cost of ₹60 Crore, The Bokaro Mall-cum-multiplex is operational in the heart of the city. The new mall is established in the 2 acres (0.81 ha) of land with three screens of PVR Cinemas, Big Bazaar, Reliance Retail, Pizza Hut restaurants, food court, club with facilities of sauna bath and steam bath, gym, entertainment zone, gaming zone and swimming pool. Agrawal & Agrawal, one of the best professional architectural firms in Eastern India, has designed the mall, developed by Amit Realty Pvt. Ltd. and managed by Preeminent Management & Consultancy Pvt. Ltd.
Bokaro Airport is used only by private aircraft of SAIL and visiting dignitaries. Bokaro Steel Limited has expressed its readiness to allow the use of its airport for the purpose.
Bokaro will soon figure on the country’s air map as the Airports Authority of India(AAI) will set up a new airport there. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by AAI and the Jharkhand government for establishing airport in Bokaro in the presence of AAI chairman and Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda.
The new airport would have the capacity to allow commercial airliners such as Airbus A320 to land and take off which was not possible from the present airport