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Kanpur Central railway station

Kanpur Central
Indian Railway Station
View of Kanpur Central (Cantt. Side)
Station statistics

Cannt Side: Central Station Lane (East), Cantonment side Shanti Nagar, SujatGnj

City Side: Central Station Lane (West), Ghantaghar Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Elevation 126.630 metres (415.45 ft)

Mughalsarai-Kanpur section
Kanpur-Delhi section
Howrah-Delhi main line
Howrah-Gaya-Delhi line

Kanpur-Panki-Mandhana (Projected)
Connections Prepaid Auto cum Taxi Stand
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Platforms 10
Parking Available
Baggage check Available
Other information
Opened 1930
Electrified 1972[1] from Howrah
5 August 1976[1] till New Delhi
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code CNB
Zone(s) North Central Railway
Division(s) Allahabad
Station status Functioning
Formerly Indian Branch Rly. Co. Northern Railways
Passengers () 5,00,000

Kanpur Central (Hindi: कानपुर सेंट्रल, Urdu:کانپور مرکزی) is one of the four Central Railway Stations in India. It is a major intercity rail and commuter rail station in the city of Kanpur. The Kanpur Central Railway Station is situated on the Howrah - Delhi broad gauge route passing through Uttar Pradesh. Kanpur Central railway station holds the record for the largest route interlocking system in the world. It is the busiest station of North Central Railways as it records a traffic of more than 150,000 passengers and more than 280 trains pass through on a daily basis.

After determining which railway stations need to be world-class, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee included Kanpur Central in her list. She included funding for this work in her "50 World-Class Railway Stations" budget. A phased revamping has begun.

Though the re-modelling of the Kanpur Central began a long time back, it is being developed gradually in phases. At present, the work in this direction is moving very slowly but senior NCR officials are hopeful of keeping their promise of giving a new, improved look to the Kanpur Central in the days to come.[2]

The present station was built in 1928,[3] though the imposing building was completed in 1930. The building's construction is inspired by Lucknow's magnificent Lucknow Charbagh railway station building which was built by the British in 1914 but could not be constructed similar to Charbagh because it would be enormously expensive.

Deputy chief traffic manager Shivendra Shukla informed that the pending work at the railway over-bridge (presently under construction in Cantt) will be taken up speedily.

To facilitate passengers, especially the elderly ones, two escalators are likely to be installed. According to the proposed plan, all railway quarters on the city side will be dismantled, giving room to a large circulating area.

Three-layered underground parking for vehicles, which is not available at any other railway stations of the NCR division, has also been proposed. The entry and exit points on the city side will be made separate to ensure smooth traffic flow in and out of the station premises. Entry point for the vehicles will remain the same but a separate exit route—probably opening at Ghantaghar flyover—is also proposed. This will ensure hassle-free driving for passengers coming in and moving out of the station.

Major Features

Foot Over bridge

There are 2 foot-over bridges; Howrah Bridge and Delhi bridge. Also the station has one underpass route connecting all the railway platforms. Since the station is enlisted in International Railway station there will be escalators in Kanpur Central soon.

Improvement in the lighting Work

Massive improvement in the lighting work has been taken up. More lighting has been provided in the subway which connects different platforms. Also the tube lights in the subway have been connected with inverters to ensure that there is power at peak times. This will also provide safety to the passengers while using the subway to reach a particular platform. New LED neon sign boards with the station's name embedded on it are being procured and will be installed on both sides of the railway station soon. A proposal has been sent to provide facade lighting in order to give station building a beautiful look during the night hours.

Availability of Drinking Water

For tackling the water crisis, an around the clock water monitoring committee has been brought into action, wherein senior supervisors of three departments of mechanical, civil and electrical are manning the platforms to ensure that there is a regular water supply at the platforms and also the water is available in the water tanks of various trains. A grievance committee has been made available to the passengers for getting their complaints registered related to non-availability of drinking water. The maintenance of the existing retiring room and dormitories would be taken up in the next phase. Also, a new platform surface has been made at the platform number one as cracks had developed on the older existing surface.

Passenger Facilitation Center

The passenger facilitation center will consolidate all the necessary services from our railway staff into one building. These services include train inquiries, retiring room/dormitory book, wheel chair booking for the handicapped passengers, sale of railway time-table and the platforms tickets. Also, all railway announcements will be made from there only. The central railway station will also have passenger amenity center in which the waiting hall and waiting room, booking office, passenger facilitation center, cloak room, luggage and parcel booking office etc. will be there on platform only

Token System for Reservation

Keeping in view the ongoing beautification drive at the Kanpur Central railway station, the railway authorities have launched its token system for passengers. The token reservation system enables the passenger to curtail on the long hours of wait for getting the reservation done.

Coach Induction Units

Four new electronic coach induction units at the platform number one of the Kanpur Central railway station, so that it becomes easy for the passengers to identify their coach when the train halts. The installation of the coach induction units is indeed a part of the ongoing beautification drive at the Kanpur railway station.

Passenger movement

Kanpur Central is among the top hundred booking stations of the Indian Railway.[4]

Other stations serving Kanpur Metropolitan Region

Panki Junction
Station Name Station Code Railway Zone Total Platforms
Govindpuri (Kanpur South) GOY North Central Railways 2
Kanpur Anwarganj CPA North Eastern Railways 3
Rawatpur RPO North Eastern Railways 1
Kalyanpur KYP North Eastern Railways 1
Mandhana Central MDA North Eastern Railways 1
Chaubepur CBR North Eastern Railways 1
Panki Junction (Kanpur West) PNK North Central Railways 5
Chakeri CHK North Central Railways 2
Chandari (Shyam Nagar) CNBI North Central Railways 2
Kanpur Bridge Left Bank CPB Northern Railway 3
Bhimsen Jn. BZM North Central Railways 1
Bhaupur BPU North Central Railways 3
KANPUR SMU CBSA CPSM North Eastern Railways 1
Gangaghat GAG North Central Railways 2

Routes from Kanpur


Train No. Train Name Arrival Departure Days Platform No.
12003 Lucknow Swarna Shatabdi 16:45 16:50 Daily Platform No. 1
12004 Lucknow Swarna Shatabdi 11:20 11:25 Daily Platform No.
2559 Shiv Ganga Express 01:10 01:15 Daily Platform No.
2560 Shiv Ganga Express 00:50 00:55 Daily Platform No.
4853/63/65 Marudhar Express 01:55 02:00 Daily Platform No.
4854/64/66 Marudhar Express 01:20 01:25 Daily Platform No.
2179 Lucknow-Agra Intercity 17:25 17:30 Daily Platform No.
2180 Agra-Lucknow Intercity 10:05 10:10 Daily Platform No.
2183 Bhopal – Lucknow Express 04:00 04:05 Tues Fri Platform No.
2184 Lucknow - Bhopal Express 00:12 00:20 Thurs, Sun Platform No.
2193 Bhopal - Pratapgarh Express 04:00 04:05 Only Sun Platform No.
2194 Pratapgarh-Bhopal 00:12 00:20 Only Tues Platform No.
2417 Prayagraj Express 00:05 00:15 Daily Platform No.
2418 Prayagraj Express 03:25 03:30 Daily Platform No.
2419 Gomti Express 06:55 07:00 Daily Platform No.
2420 Gomti Express 19:45 19:55 Daily Platform No.
2511 Raptisagar Express 13:17 13:22 Thurs, Fri, Sun Platform No.
2521 Raptisagar Express 13:17 13:22 Only Tues Platform No.
15025 Mau - Anand Vihar Terminal Express 04:15 04:20 Platform No.
15026 Anand Vihar Terminal - Mau Express 07:05 07:15 Platform No
2541 Gorakhpur Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Superfast Express 05:25 05:35 Daily Platform No.
2542 Gorakhpur Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Superfast Express 09:45 09:55 Daily Platform No.
12533 LJN-CSTM Pushpak Express 21:20 21:32 Daily Platform No. 3
12534 CSTM-LJN Pushpak Express 06:45 07:00 Daily Platform No. 9
19061 BDTS-RMR Exp 08:45 08:55 Weekly Platform No. 9

Rajdhani Express

10 pairs of Rajdhani Express at Kanpur Central.
Train No. Train Name Arrival Departure Days Platform No.
2301–2302 Howrah Rajdhani Except Sun Platform No.
2305–2306 Howrah Rajdhani Only Sun Platform No.
2309–2310 Patna Rajdhani Express Daily Platform No.
2313–2314 Sealdah Rajdhani Express Daily Platform No.
2421–2422 Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani Express Platform No.
2423–2424 Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express Except Sun Platform No.
2439–2440 Ranchi Rajdhani Express Platform No.
2443–2444 Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani Express Platform No.
2453–2454 Ranchi Rajdhani Express Platform No.1

Garib Rath Express

6 pairs of Garib Rath Express at Kanpur Central.
Train No. Train Name Arrival Departure Days Platform No.
12209 Kanpur Kathgodam Garib Rath Express Starting Station 06:15 Only Tues 5
12210 Kathgodam Kanpur Central Garib Rath Express 04:35 Destination Station Only Mon 7
2535–2536 Lucknow Raipur Garib Rath Express - - - Platform No.
2353–2354 Patna Garib Rath - - - Platform No.
2569–2570 Jaynagar Anand Vihar Garib Rath Express - - - Platform No.
2877–2878 Ranchi New Delhi Garib Rath Express - - - Platform No.


External links

  • List of trains stopping at Kanpur Central

See also


  1. ^ a b "[IRFCA] Indian Railways FAQ: Electric Traction - I". Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Making Kanpur Central world-class - The Times of India". Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "[IRFCA] Indian Railways FAQ: IR History: Part 3". Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. Indian Railways. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
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