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’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’s 8.7 km Priority Corridor (IIT Kanpur – Moti Jheel) was inaugurated by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 28, 2021. The rest of Kanpur Metro’s Phase 1 is expected to be completed and opened in December 2024 (current deadline)

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

Operational: 8.728 km | Under Construction: 15.057 km | Approved: 8.6 km

  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 11,076.48 crore
  • Estimated Ridership: 6.61 lakh/day (2024)
  • Estimated Coaches: 117 (out of 201)

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 Kanpur University, Gurudev Chauraha, Geeta Nagar, Rawatpur Railway Station, Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital, Moti Jheel, Chunniganj, Naveen Market, Bada Chauraha, Nayaganj, Kanpur Central, Jhakarkatti, Transport Nagar, Baradevi, Kidwai Nagar, Vasant Vihar, Baudh Nagar and Naubasta
  • Status: Partially Operational (8.7 km), rest under construction (15.057 km)

Line-2: Rawatpur Railway Station – Jaurali

  • Length: 8.38 km
  • Type: Underground and Elevated
  • Depot: Agriculture Depot
  • Number of Stations: 8
  • Station Names: Agriculture College Station, Rawatpur Railway Station, Kakadeo, Double Pullia, Vijay Nagar Chauraha, Shastri Chowk Station, Barra-7, and Barra-8
  • Status: Bidding Underway for Contract Finalization

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

GC: Kanpur Metro’s General ConsultantTYPSA-Italferr JV
DDC Line-1: Kanpur Metro Line-1’s Detailed Design ConsultantSYSTRA – SYSTRA MVA Consulting (India) Pvt. Ltd. JV
DDC Line-2: Kanpur Metro Line-2’s Detailed Design ConsultantSYSTRA – 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 & WorkshopK.S.M. Bashir Mohammad & Sons
KNPCC-04: Architectural finishing at 9 stations between IIT Kanpur – Moti JheelSam (India) Builtwell Pvt. Ltd.
KNPCC-05: Construction of 3.9 km tunnels and 4 stations at Chunniganj, Naveen Market, Bada Chauraha and NayaganjGulermak – Sam India JV 
KNPCC-06: Construction of 4.6 km tunnels and 3 stations at Kanpur Central, Jhakarkatti and Transport NagarAfcons – SAM India JV
KNPCC-07: Construction of 5.4 km elevated viaduct and 5 stations at Baradevi, Kidwai Nagar, Vasant Vihar, Baudh Nagar & NaubastaKalpataru Projects International Ltd (KPIL) (formerly JMC Projects)
KNPCC-10: Construction of Residential, Non Residential and Institutional buildings at Kanpur and Multi Storied Officers Colony of UPMRC inside Kanpur Metro DepotVishnu Saran and Company
KNPCC-11: Construction of 3.2 km tunnels and 3 stations at Rawatpur, Kakadeo and Double PulliaKPIL – Gulermak JV
KNPCC-12: Construction of 4.3 km viaduct 5 stations at Agriculture College, Vijay Nagar Chauraha, Shastri Chowk, Barra-7 Station and Barra-8Ceigall India Ltd. (CIL)
KNPCC-14: Construction of Agriculture Depot of Line-2KSM Bashir Mohammad & Sons (5 Bids Submitted in December 2023)
KNPAGRS-01: Supply of 201 standard gauge cars (rolling stock) including Train Control & Signalling System for Agra & Kanpur metro projectsAlstom Transport (won by Bombardier Transportation)
KNAG-01: CNC Under Floor Pit Wheel Lathe MachineHYT 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 JacksPfaff Verkehrstechnik GmbH
KNAG-04: Bogie Turn TableLai Yew Seng (India) Pvt. Ltd.
KNAG-05: Re-railing Rescue EquipmentTender Cancelled
KNAG-06(R1): Rescue VehiclePhooltas Transrail
KNAG-07(R1): Automatic Train Washing PlantCyclosystem 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 SystemSterling Wilson – GSC JV
KNPAGT-1: Supply of 17,700 MT Head Hardened Rails for Agra & Kanpur metro projectsEast Metals AG
KNPAGT-2: Supply of Standard Gauge UIC 60 Turnouts, Scissor Crossovers, Check Rails etc. for Kanpur and Agra MetroVoestalpine 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 MetroTender Cancelled (SAIL was only technically qualified bidder)
KNPAGS-1: Telecommunications (Telecom)HFCL Ltd.
KNPAFC-01: Automated Fare Collection (AFC) System on PPPState Bank of India (Aurionpro)

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