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|Indian Railways station|
|Location||Cantt Side: Central Station Lane, Mirpur Cantt|
City Side: Ghantaghar Crossing
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
|Elevation||126.630 metres (415.45 ft)|
|Operated by||Indian Railways|
|Line(s)||Howrah–Delhi main line|
|Structure type||Standard (on-ground station)|
|Zone(s)||North Central Railway|
|Electrified||1972 from Howrah |
5 August 1976 till New Delhi
|Previous names||Indian Branch Rly. Co. |
Kanpur Central (formerly known as Cawnpore North Barracks, station code: CNB) is a railway station located in the city of Kanpur and is one of the five central Indian railway stations. It is third busiest in country after Howrah Jn and New Delhi railway station. It is a major railway station between Howrah Jn and New Delhi. All trains passing through this station stop here, including premium trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duranto, Humsafar, Tejas, Vande Bharat, and all superfast, mail and passenger trains. The station is a major intercity rail and commuter rail station in the region. Other major railway stations in the city of Kanpur are Kanpur Anwarganj, Govindpuri Terminal, Panki Dham railway station, Rawatpur railway station, Kalyanpur railway station, Chandari, Chakeri, Mandhana Junction, Bithoor, Rooma, Bhimsen Junction, Sarsaul, Kanpur Bridge Left Bank and Old Cawnpore Junction.
Current and future development
Kanpur Central has undergone a beautification and modernisation effort in recent years, especially following the inclusion of the station in the "50 World-Class Railway Stations" budget, which sought to modernise Indian railway stations, by former Minister of Railways Mamata Banerjee. These efforts mainly include the improvement of services offered to customers and the redevelopment of existing features, such as the installation of a new platform surface at platform number one. The current phase of development is mainly focused on the cleaning up of the side of the station facing the city, with ₹15 million being budgeted to go towards the project. A food plaza is designated to be built on the second floor and two new car parks are also being proposed.
According to a NCR report the station needs at least 10 more platforms to support the ever-increasing passenger amount. At present, the re-modelling work is proceeding very slowly, but senior NCR officials are hopeful of keeping their promises.
A three-layer underground car park has been proposed as well as the installation of two escalators leading to the footbridges passing over the railway lines. By 2010 a new footbridge was constructed at the west end of the station.
Major trains that originate from Kanpur Central are:-
- Kanpur Central–New Delhi Shram Shakti Express
- Kanpur–New Delhi Shatabdi Express
- Kanpur Central–Anand Vihar Terminal Express
- Kanpur Central–Bandra Terminus Weekly Express
- Kanpur Central–Kathgodam Garib Rath Express
- Varanasi–Lucknow Charbagh Varuna Express
- Prayag Ghat–Kanpur Intercity Express
- Pratapgarh–Kanpur Intercity Express
- Chitrakootdham (Karwi)–Kanpur Intercity Express
- Kanpur Central–Bhiwani Junction Kalindi Express
- Kanpur Central–Valsad Udyog Karmi Express
- Kanpur Central–Jammu Tawi Superfast Express
- Kanpur Central–Amritsar Weekly Express
- Kanpur Central–Durg Junction Betwa Express
Electric Loco Shed
New Delhi–Kanpur Central VVIP Shram Shakti Express
- Indian Railways
- Lucknow–Kanpur Suburban Railway
- Cawnpore–Burhwal Railway
- Cawnpore–Barabanki Railway
- Kanpur Bridge Left Bank railway station
- Chitrakootdham (Karwi)–Kanpur Intercity Express (via Allahabad)
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- "Making Kanpur Central world-class". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2014.