Kanpur Metro – Information, Route Maps, Fares, Tenders & Updates

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Kanpur Metro is an urban Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) under construction with 2 lines & 30 stations in the city of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh by Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited (UPMRCL).

Kanpur Metro Phase 1’s DPR (Detailed Project Report) with 32.385 km of routes was prepared by RITES, approved by the state cabinet in March 2016 and by the Central Government’s Cabinet in February 2019. The project’s foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 8, 2019.

Kanpur Metro Deadline: December 2021 (Priority Corridor) and December 2024 (Phase 1)

Kanpur’s Phase 1 project will be financed mainly through equity from Government of India and Government of Uttar Pradesh on 50:50 basis, and through a EUR 650 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) which was approved on July 15 2020.

Bids for the construction of Line-1’s 8.728 km Priority Corridor (IIT Kanpur – Moti Jheel) were invited in February 2018 and again in July 2019. Construction work by Afcons Infrastructure started on November 15, 2019.

System Specifications

  • Top Speed: 80 kmph
  • Average Speed: 34 kmph
  • Track Gauge: Standard Gauge – 1435 mm
  • Electrification: 750V DC Third Rail
  • Signaling: Communications-based train control (CBTC)

Key Figures

Under Construction: 8.728 km | Approved: 23.657 km

  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 11,076.48 crore
  • Estimated Ridership: 6.61 lakh/day (2024)
  • Estimated Coaches: 117

Kanpur Metro Phase 1 Lines

Line-1: IIT Kanpur – Naubasta

  • Length: 23.785 km
  • Type: Elevated (15.164 km) & Underground (8.621 km)
  • Depot: Polytechnic College
  • Number of Stations: 22
  • Station Names: IIT Kanpur, Kalyanpur Railway Station, SPM Hospital, CSJM University, Gurudev Chauraha, Geeta Nagar, Rawatpur Railway Station, Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital, Moti Jheel, Chunniganj, Naveen Market, Bada Chauraha, Nayaganj, Birhana Road, Kanpur Central Railway Station, ISBT Jhakarkatti, Old Transport Nagar, Kidwai Nagar North, Kidwai Nagar South, Yashoda Nagar, Baudh Nagar and Naubasta
  • Status: Partially Under Construction

Line-2: Chandra Shekhar Azad University – Jaurali

  • Length: 8.6 km
  • Type: Elevated
  • Depot: Agriculture University
  • Number of Stations: 9
  • Station Names: CSA University, GSVM Medical College, Rawatpur Railway Station, Kakadeo, Vijay Nagar, Dada Nagar, Barra-7, Barra-8 and Jarauli
  • Status: Tender Notice Pending

Kanpur Metro Phase 1 Route Map

Note: Official line colors have not yet been announced. Location of stations and alignment displayed in the map are indicative, just to give an idea.

An official PDF route map of Kanpur Metro Phase 1 will be added here when available.

Project Overview Video

Kanpur Metro Fares (Ticket Prices)

Kanpur Metro’s fare structure, prices and rules have not been announced yet. That will be finalized closer to the start of commercial operations. UPMRCL plans to use the latest technologies for its automatic fare collection (AFC) system to allow QR codes and Near Field Communication (NFC) phones to utilize the system.

Kanpur Metro Tenders

Latest Kanpur Metro tender notices can be viewed on the UPMRCL’s website. News on these notices, their bidders, awarded tenders and contracts are covered in further detail on the news & construction page.

Kanpur Metro Contractors List

Contract Contractor
General Consultant TYPSA-Italferr JV
Detailed Design Consultant (Line-1) SYSTRA – SYSTRA MVA Consulting (India) Pvt. Ltd. JV
KNPCC-02(R1): Construction of IIT – Moti Jheel
(8.728 km elevated viaduct, 9 stations)
Afcons Infrastructure Ltd.
KNPCC-03: Construction of Line-1’s Govt Polytechnic Depot & Workshop K.S.M. Bashir Mohammad & Sons
KNPCC-04: Architectural finishing at 9 stations between IIT Kanpur – Moti Jheel Sam (India) Builtwell Pvt. Ltd.
KNPCC-05: Construction of 3.9 km tunnels and 4 stations at Chunniganj, Naveen Market, Bada Chauraha and Nayaganj Gulermak – Sam India JV 
KNPCC-06: Construction of 4.6 km tunnels and 3 stations at Kanpur Central, Jhakarkatti and Transport Nagar Bidding Underway
KNPAGRS-01: Supply of 201 standard gauge cars (rolling stock) including Train Control & Signalling System for Agra & Kanpur metro projects Alstom (won by Bombardier Transportation)
KNAG-01: CNC Under Floor Pit Wheel Lathe Machine HYT Engineering Company Pvt. Ltd.
KNAG-02: Battery Operated Road Cum Rail Vehicle (Electric Bogie Tractor) ZAGRO Bahn-und Baumaschinen GmbH
KNAG-03: Synchronized Pit Jacks & Mobile Jacks Pfaff Verkehrstechnik GmbH
KNAG-04: Bogie Turn Table Lai Yew Seng (India) Pvt. Ltd.
KNAG-05: Re-railing Rescue Equipment Tender Cancelled
KNAG-06(R1): Rescue Vehicle Phooltas Transrail
KNAG-07(R1): Automatic Train Washing Plant Cyclosystem India Pvt. Ltd.
KNPAGE-3: Elevators / Lifts (machine room-less for both lines of Kanpur Metro & Line-1 of Agra Metro) Johnson Lifts Pvt. Ltd.
KNPE-1&2: 750 Volts DC Third Rail Rail Traction System, 33kV Cable Network, ASS, TSS & SCADA System Sterling Wilson – GSC JV
KNPAGT-1: Supply of 17,700 MT Head Hardened Rails for Agra & Kanpur metro projects East Metals AG
KNPAGT-2: Supply of Standard Gauge UIC 60 Turnouts, Scissor Crossovers, Check Rails etc. for Kanpur and Agra Metro Voestalpine VAE VKN India Pvt. Ltd.
KNPAGT-3: Supply of ballastless track for Kanpur & Agra metros and fastening systems (viaduct, underground & depots) Larsen & Toubro
KNPAGT-4: Supply of 1620 MT Rails (UIC 60 / 60E1 IRS-T-2009, 880 grade, class A) for Kanpur & Agra Metro Tender Cancelled (SAIL was only technically qualified bidder)
KNPAGS-1: Telecommunications (Telecom) HFCL Ltd.

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