The town of Korba, 96 kms north-east of Bilaspur, stands on the confluence of the Hasdeo and Ahiran, its smaller tributary. The meandering Hasdeo, dotted with numerous silt islands forms the lifeline of Korba's industrial belt. Korba is one of the power capitals of India.
Blessed with rich mineral deposits, it plays host to a plethora of leading power giants like NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation), BALCO (Bharat Aluminium Company Limited), IBP (Indo-Burma Petroleum Limited), Coal India and KSTPS (Korba Super Thermal Power Station). Korba boasts of the Gevra mines which are India's largest open cast mines, catering to 11% of the nation's coal needs.
Kosa handloom is a burgeoning cottage industry in Korba with the popular weaving centre in the small village of Churri, and the polishing centre in Champa, 15 and 39 kms from Korba respectively.Hydel power is generated from the Hasdeo river at the Hasdeo-Bango dam, which along with the Darri dam and Hasdeo barrage was set up to meet the water needs of the area.