With the rapid industrialization of Orissa, the industrial scenario adjoining to Rourkela city has also witnessed a sea change with establishment of many large, medium and small scale industries. Besides, the industrialization, Rourkela is also witnessing massive modernization activities.
A place with natural settings, Rourkela has come into prominence with the establishment of the first of the three Public Sector Steel Plants set up in India in 1955. Situated in the mineral rich belt of Orissa, Rourkela marked a new era in the Steel Industry of India being the only steel plant devoted primarily to the production of flat products and sheets. Rourkela serves as the most convenient base for visiting the places of interest in the district of Sundergarh.