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Almost 13,000 people in 2,424 families lost their dwelling.
Later further 11,000 acres (4,500 ha) of land were acquired out of 31 revenue villages for the construction of Mandira Dam, a water embankment.
More land was requisitioned for the purpose of constructing railway lines to Hatia and Barsuan.
The construction of Bondamunda Railway junction required further acquisition of land which resulted 20,000 people's displacement from their habitat.
Thousands of technical personnel from West Germany came to Rourkela to extend their technical assistance.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the town was the largest German colony outside Germany. Company (Bengal-Nagpur Railway Company) constructed the Howrah Nagpur railways, which ran through Rourkela.
Some merchants, started settling at Rourkela with business objective, around the village Rourkela and the Railway station was named after the village Rourkela. The habituated area around the railway station of Rourkela was declared as an urban town in the year 1931.
These forests were once favourite hunting ground for the kings in the past.
According to the census report of 2011 Rourkela has a population of 483,038 (Rourkela Industrial Township is 273,217 and Rourkela Town is 210,412) and the urban metropolitan area population is 536,450.