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Rourkela (rôrkāˈlə) [key], city (1991 pop. 398,864), Odisha (Orissa) state, E central India, at the confluence of the Koel and Lankh rivers. The city is built around a large iron and steel plant. Other products are heavy machinery, fertilizers, and chemicals.

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