Spread over 8,013 hectares, it has had over Rs 4,000 crore already spent on it. The government calls it the dream project of CM Raman Singh, though the need for a new capital was first underlined by first chief minister Ajit Jogi. The spot he had identified, around 20 km from Raipur, is in the same area where the capital is coming up.“It’s our dream project and we wanted to build the best, modern and a dream city of the 21st century in India. We spent more than five years in planning … This is going to be the first smart city of India,” said N Baijendra Kumar, chairman of Naya Raipur Development Authority and additional chief secretary, housing and development.
At present, the state secretariat and police headquarters are functioning from here, besides a few other government offices. Curiously, the administrative junction that has secretariat and police headquarters is called Capitol Complex.