Started as a shopping center consisting of two rows of shops and stores. This was the only hub for lot of social activities, entertainment and shopping for a long time. The Civic Center had a children's garden with a toy-train which used to be open on every 14 November on Children's Day.
The toy-train is no longer there, and garden is decorated to teach traffic-sign and signals to children. To the east of the Civic Center, there is an open place with stage, which is known as Open-Air-Theatre and used for various cultural activities including musical nights. Initially it was a movie theater known as Chitra Mandir. For a long time, this was the only air-conditioned movie theater in the area for entertainment of the people of Bhilai.