Kanpur Central railway station

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Kanpur Central
Indian Railway Station
Kanpur Central Station.jpg

Cantt Side: Central Station Lane, Shanti Nagar, Kanpur Cantonment, Uttar Pradesh

City Side: Ghantaghar Crossing, City of Kanpur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Elevation 126.630 metres (415.45 ft)
Operated by Indian Railways

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

Kanpur-Panki-Mandhana (Projected)
Platforms 10
Tracks 14
Connections Prepaid Auto cum Taxi Stand/Ghantaghar KMBS Bus Stop
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Parking Available
Disabled access CNB
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code CNB
Zone(s) North Central Railway
Division(s) Allahabad
Opened 1930
Electrified 1972[1] from Howrah
5 August 1976[1] till New Delhi
Previous names Indian Branch Rly. Co. <b\r> Northern Railways
Passengers 3,00,000
Computerized Ticketing CountersLuggage Checking SystemParkingDisabled AccessFood PlazaKiosksWCTaxi StandPublic Transportation

Coordinates: 26°27′19″N 80°19′44″E / 26.455402°N 80.328925°E / 26.455402; 80.328925

Kanpur Central is one of five "Central" railway stations in India. It is the busiest railway station in India in terms of frequency of trains. Around 230 trains passes through the station daily. It is a major intercity rail and commuter rail station in the city of Kanpur, and is situated on the Howrah - Delhi broad gauge route passing through Uttar Pradesh. It also holds the record for the largest interlocking route system in the world. It is the busiest station of the North Central Railways, recording traffic of more than 150,000 passengers. After determining the railway stations that need to be world-class, former 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 Kanpur Central Station began a long time ago, it is being done gradually in phases. At present, the re-modelling work is proceeding very slowly, but senior NCR officials are hopeful of keeping their promise of providing a new, improved look to Kanpur Central in the near future.[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; however, it could not be constructed identically to Charbagh because it would have been enormously expensive.

Major features[edit]

Kanpur Central Railway station

There are two footbridges over the tracks, Howrah Bridge and Delhi Bridge, and the station has one underpass route connecting all of the railway platforms. Escalators to the foot over-bridges are operational in Kanpur Central.

Improvement in the lighting Work

Massive improvements in the station's lighting has been undertaken. More lighting has been provided in the subway which connects different platforms. As well, tube lights in the subway have been connected with inverters to ensure that there is power at peak times. This will also help ensure passengers' safety when they use 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 soon be installed on both sides of the railway station. A proposal has been sent to provide facade lighting in order to give the station building a beautiful appearance during the night hours.[citation needed]

Availability of Drinking Water

To tackle the water crisis, a round-the-clock water monitoring committee has been established. Senior supervisors from the mechanical, civil, and electrical deparftments man the platforms to ensure the availability of drinking water on platforms, and on the trains. A grievance committee has been set upso that passengers can register complaints related to non-availability of drinking water. The maintenance of the existing retiring room and dormitories will be taken up in the next phase. Also, a new platform surface has been made at 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 provided railway staff into one building. These services include: train inquiries, retiring room/dormitory booking, wheel chair booking for handicapped passengers, sale of railway time-table, and platform tickets. Also, all railway announcements will be made from this center. The Central Railway Station will also have a passenger amenity center including: the waiting hall and waiting room, booking office, passenger facilitation center, cloak room, luggage and, parcel booking office etc..., located on the platform itself.

Token System for Reservation

Railway authorities have launched its token system for passengers to reduce the long waiting time for a reservation.

Coach Induction Units

Four new electronic coach induction units have been installed at platform number one so that it is easier for passengers to identify their coach when a train halts. The installation of the coach induction units is part of the ongoing beautification drive at the Kanpur railway station.

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

Other stations serving Kanpur Metropolitan Region[edit]

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[edit]


Trains Originating[edit]

Some important train that origins/terminates :

Train No. Train Name Train Type Arrivals Arrival Time Departures Departure Time
12034 Kanpur New Delhi Shatabdi Express Shatabdi Express Daily(exp Sun) 20:45 Daily(exp Sun) 6:00
12210 Kanpur Central - Kathgodam Garib Rath Express Garib Rath Express Tue 4:35 Tue 6:15
22444 Kanpur Central - Bandra Terminus Weekly Express SuperFast Sat 8:35 Wed 18:20

Other Trains[edit]

Kanpur Central (Platform view)
Train No. Train Name Arrival Departure Days Platform No.
12003 Lucknow Swarna Shatabdi 16:50 16:55 Daily Platform No. 7
12004 Lucknow Swarna Shatabdi 11:20 11:25 Daily Platform No.
12559 Shiv Ganga Express 01:30 01:38 Daily Platform No.
12560 Shiv Ganga Express 01:00 01:05 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[edit]

10 pairs of Rajdhani Express at Kanpur Central.

Train No. Train Name Arrival Departure Days Platform No.
12301–12302 Howrah Rajdhani Except Sun Platform No. 6
12305–12306 Howrah Rajdhani Only Sun Platform No. 6
12309–12310 Patna Rajdhani Express Daily Platform No.
12313–12314 Sealdah Rajdhani Express Daily Platform No. 5
12421–12422 Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani Express Platform No.
12423–12424 Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express Daily Platform No. 6
12439–12440 Ranchi Rajdhani Express Platform No.
12443–12444 Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani Express Platform No.
12453–12454 Ranchi Rajdhani Express Platform No.1

Garib Rath Express[edit]

8 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
12593/12594 Lucknow Bhopal Garib Rath Express 00:30 Only Sun 4
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.
22405/22406 Anand Vihar Bhagalpur Garib Rath Express 22:12 Only Sun mon, wed, fri
2877–2878 Ranchi New Delhi Garib Rath Express - - - Platform No.


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See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "[IRFCA] Indian Railways FAQ: Electric Traction - I". irfca.org. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Making Kanpur Central world-class - The Times of India". articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "[IRFCA] Indian Railways FAQ: IR History: Part 3". irfca.org. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. Indian Railways. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2013.