Kanpur Metro

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Kanpur Metro
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Native name Kanpur Metro
Owner (Kanpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited)
Locale Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Transit type Metro
Number of lines 2 (planned, Phase I & II)
Number of stations 34 (planned, Phase I & II, 23 stations in a 35 km stretch and 8 stations in 15 km stretch)
Headquarters (Kanpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited), Near Uttar Pradesh State Textile Corporation Limited, Grand Trunk Road, Sharda Nagar, Kanpur-19
Headway 4 minutes
System length 50 km (31 mi) (planned)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 25 Kv OHE
Top speed 80 kmph

Kanpur Metro is an under construction rail based mass transit system in the city of Kanpur, India which shall further be extendable to Kanpur Metropolitan Region. The feasibility study of the project was done by RITES and was completed in June 2015. Kanpur Metro Rail is likely to be completed around 2020. Kanpur is the largest city in Uttar Pradesh followed by Lucknow. This is the largest industrial town in the state. The feasibility study of metro rail in Kanpur has been prepared to control the traffic woes and congestion which are hampering the growth, development and prosperity of the City. Lucknow metro rail corporation has got the responsibility to implement the work of Kanpur metro until the spv for Kanpur metro is not formed. Japan International Cooperation Agency and European Investment Bank will provide loan to Kanpur Metro project.


Line I

Line II

Line III (Future Extension)

In this phase the metro line is proposed from south-west part of city PSIT to eastern part of city Ruma while covering whole of the industrial city.[1]


The Cost of construction is estimated at ₹13,721 crores for two lines. Line I is projected to be developed with ₹9000 crores. The cost will be evaluated based on the June 2015 price index.[2]

Status updates[edit]

  • Sept 2015: Proposed formation of Kanpur Metro Rail Corporation[3]
  • Nov 2015: DPR prepared by LMRC and RITES is submitted to state government.[4]
  • Feb 2016: State Government is planning to lay foundation stone of Kanpur Metro in March 2016 after state cabinet approval.[5]
  • Feb 2016: It is expected that civil work on Kanpur metro will start by Dec 2016.[6]
  • Mar 2016: UP Govt approves the DPR.[7]
  • Mar 2016:Japanese team inspected metro route in the city[8]
  • May 2016:EIB ready to fund city metro project[9]
  • 22 May 2016: Centre approves plan for Kanpur metro [10]
  • 15 June 2016: Last date to submit logo for Kanpur Metro by KPMRC[11]
  • 20 July 2016: Scheduled inauguration of Kanpur Metro by Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh which could not take place due to delay in giving NOCs various ministries under Central Government.[12]
  • October 2016: Final approval of Metro project by UP Government and Government of India[13]
  • 4 October 2016: Foundation stone-laying ceremony done by Urban Development minister Venkaiah Naidu in the presence of CM Akhilesh Yadav and BJP MP Murli Manohar Joshi at Brijendra Swarup Park in Benajhabar.[14]
  • July 2017: Civil work started.[15]