Kanpur Metro
Kanpur Metro train arriving at station
Kanpur Metro train arriving at station
OwnerUttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation
LocaleKanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Transit typeRapid transit
Number of linesOrange Line (Partially operational & under construction)
Blue Line (Under construction)
Line number
Number of stationsOperational: Phase 1 Orange Line

9 stations - 8.98 km (5.58 mi)

IIT Kanpur - Motijheel

Under Construction - (Phase 1) Orange Line

12 Stations - 14.805 km (9.199 mi) (Under construction - Dec 2024 expected)

Chunniganj - Naubasta

Blue Line

8 stations - 8.6 km (5.3 mi) (Under construction - Dec 2024 expected)

CSA University - Barra 8
HeadquartersKanpur Metro Depot, Gurudev Chauraha, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, 208024, India
Began operation28 December 2021
Operator(s)Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation
CharacterElevated & Underground
Train length3 coaches
Headway3 minutes
System lengthPhase 1 - Orange Line

8.98 km (5.58 mi) (Operational)
14.805 km (9.199 mi) (Under construction - Dec 2024 expected)

Blue Line

8.6 km (5.3 mi) (Under construction - Dec 2024 expected)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC third rail[1]
Average speed40 km/h (25 mph)
Top speed80 km/h (50 mph)
System map

A map of the current network of Kanpur Metro

The Kanpur Metro is a mass rapid transit (MRT) system in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. The metro is owned and operated by the Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC).


The feasibility study for the project was done by RITES in June 2015. The government approved two corridors as per Detailed Project Report (DPR). The tenders were floated for the priority section of corridor-1 between IIT Kanpur to Motijheel. The company Afcons Infrastructure was awarded the tender.

On 28 February 2019, the Central Government approved the metro project for Kanpur at an estimated cost of ₹ 11,076.48 crores and a five-year time limit.[2][3] Construction work began on 15 November 2019, with the first section opening in December 2021. In phase 1, the Orange Line began with the 8.98 km (5.3 mi) stretch from IIT Kanpur to Motijheel. The metro will be extendable in the following phases to the Kanpur metropolitan area.

The first phase was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 28 December 2021.[4]

Route Network

Phase 1

In Phase 1, 21 metro stations will be built on Orange Line from IIT Kanpur to Naubasta and 8 metro stations will be built on Blue Line from Agriculture University to Barra-8.[5]

Line Name Terminals Length Stations
Orange Line IIT Kanpur Naubasta 23.8 km 21
Blue Line Agriculture University Barra-8 8.6 km 8
Total 32.4 km 29

Current Phases

Phase 1
Line Name Terminals Length Stations Opening Date
Orange Line IIT Kanpur Moti Jheel 28 December 2021
Moti Jheel Naubasta Under construction

Orange Line (IIT Kanpur - Naubasta)

See also: Orange Line (Kanpur Metro)

Length : 23.8 km

Alignment : Elevated (15.2 km) & Underground (8.6 km)

No. of Stations : 21

Stations :

Blue Line (Agriculture University - Barra-8)

See also: Blue Line (Kanpur Metro)

Length : 8.6 km

Alignment : Elevated (4.2 km) & Underground (4.4 km)

No. of Stations : 8

Stations :

Current network

Main article: List of Kanpur Metro stations

Kanpur Metro
Line Name First Operational Last Extension Station Length Terminal Proposed Rolling Stock Track Gauge Electrification Depot
Orange Line 28 December 2021 N/A 9 8.98 km IIT Kanpur Moti Jheel 29 trains, 87 coaches Alstom (MOVIA[6]) 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) 750 V DC third rail Polytechnic, Gurudev


The trains operate at a frequency of five minutes between 06:00 am and 10:00 pm currently which will gradually reduce with ridership. The trains will operate with ATO over CBTC, with a design speed of 90 km/h and an operational speed of 80 km/h. Automated station announcements are recorded in Hindi and English. Many stations will have services such as ATMs, food outlets, cafés, convenience stores and mobile recharge. Eating, drinking, smoking and chewing gum are prohibited in the entire system.

Ticketing and recharge

Fare collection

Slab No. of stations travelled Metro Fare ()
1 1 10
2 2 15
3 3 - 6 20
4 7 - 9 30
5 10 - 13 40
6 14 - 17 50
7 18 and more 60

Kanpur Metro GoSmart Card

State Bank of India and Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) has introduced Kanpur Metro GoSmart Card to metro passengers.[7]

Through this Metro card service, passengers can travel without the hassle of being in the ticket queue. An EVM chip based card can be recharged in a range of Rs.100 to Rs.2000 and in multiples of 100. Metro passengers can get 10% off on their fares if transactions are made through cards.

Construction Detail

Elevated viaduct work has begun, more than 400 out of 538 pillars have been constructed and all the 439 double T-girders have been erected for making the base of the 9 stations of priority corridor. The pier caps and U-girders are being erected and construction work is going in full swing. The priority section of corridor-1 became operational in December 2021.[8]

Rolling stock

IIT Kanpur metro station

In July 2020, Bombardier Transportation (acquired by Alstom) won the Agra Metro and Kanpur Metro rolling stock, and the signalling contract and manufacturing started on 26 Feb 2021. UPMRC's Managing Director Shri Kumar Keshav inaugurated the Rolling Stocks (Metro Trains) manufacturing in Bombardier's Savli Plant in Gujarat, located near Vadodara.

Kanpur to get total 39 trains of 3 Metro coaches (which would total up to 117 compartments) each for both the corridors of the Kanpur Metro Project, including Corridor-I i.e. From IIT to Naubasta and Corridor-II i.e. From Agriculture University to Barra-8. These trains have been designed with assistance from Bombardier Germany and design experts at Bombardier's Hyderabad office.

The trains are in line with utmost passenger safety and energy conservation, and each train is equipped with Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC) for Automatic Train Operations. These ultramodern trains have a state-of-the-art design for safe operation, energy efficiency and passenger comfort. These trains will also be equipped with CO2 sensor-based air-conditioning system to save energy during operations.

Valued at approximately ₹2051 crore (245 Mn EUR), Alstom's scope on the Agra-Kanpur metro project includes – the design, build and delivery of total 201 metro cars (67 MOVIA metro three-car trainsets) and an advanced signalling solution (CITYFLO 650).

Places of Tourist interest on Priority Corridor


The cost of construction is estimated at ₹11,076.48 crores for two lines in Phase I.[2]


Network map


See also


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