Moti Jheel

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This article is about a lake in Kanpur. For other uses, see Motijheel (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Motijheel, an area in Dhaka.

Coordinates: 26°28′34″N 80°18′51″E / 26.4761°N 80.314055°E / 26.4761; 80.314055

Moti Jheel
Location Kanpur
Coordinates 26°17′N 80°11′E / 26.28°N 80.18°E / 26.28; 80.18
Lake type artificial lake
Basin countries India
Max. length 600 m (2,000 ft)
Max. width 105 m (344 ft)
Max. depth 32 ft (9.8 m)
Surface elevation 130 ft (40 m)
Settlements Kanpur and Kalyanpur

Moti Jheel is a lake and drinking water reservoir in the Benajhabar area of Kanpur, which together with its adjoining gardens and children's park is an important tourist attraction.[1][2] Built during the British Raj, today along with Kamala Retreat and Moti Park, it is an important recreational place in the bustling industrial city of Kanpur, once known as the "Manchester of the East".[3]

Moti means pearl and jheel means lake, thus giving its name Pearl Lake. The park is often referred to as the 'Lungs of Kanpur'.[4]


The rectangular lake was originally developed during the British Raj, as a drinking water reservoir of the Kanpur Waterworks, and called Septic Tank. Later, as an important urban planning measure by the city administration, it was developed as a public place and a recreational area, with a landscaped garden and a children's park.[3][5][6]

It is flanked on one side by the campus of Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital and on the other several important Kanpur Municipal Corporation (Kanpur Municipal Corporation) buildings are situated, as is the Kanpur Development Authority (KDA)'s water treatment plant.

Major spots[edit]


  • Kanpur Municipal Corporation Town Hall
  • Kanpur Development Authority

Entertainment Place

  • Lajpat Bhawan
  • Lake
  • Amusement Park
  • Gardens



  • Singh, Harihar (1972). Kanpur: a study in urban geography. Indrasini Devi. 
  • Singh, Surendra Nath (1990). Planning & development of an industrial town: a study of Kanpur. Mittal Publications. ISBN 81-7099-241-9. 
  • Silas, Sandeep (2005). "44. Manchester of the East: Kanpur". Discover India by Rail. Sterling Publishers. ISBN 81-207-2939-0. 

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