Kanpur Central (Hindi: à¤•à¤¾à¤¨à¤ªà¥à¤° à¤¸à¥‡à¤‚à¤Ÿà¥à¤°à¤², Urdu:Ú©Ø§Ù†Ù¾ÙˆØ± Ù…Ø±Ú©Ø²ÛŒ ) is one of the four Central Railway Stations in India, a major intercity rail and commuter rail station in city of Kanpur. The Kanpur Central Railway Station is situated on the Howrah-Delhi broad gauge route passing through Uttar Pradesh. Kanpur Central railway station holds the record for the largest route interlocking system in the world i.e. 48 similar to New Delhi Railway station.Kanpur Central is busiest station of North Central Railways as the station records a traffic of more than 1.5 lakh passengers and more than 280 trains passing through here on a daily basis.
Erstwhile Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had included Kanpur Central in ’50 World-Class Railway Stations’ in her budget. After figuring on the list of those railway stations that have to be made world-class, the Kanpur Central has started on a major revamp that is scheduled to take place in phases.
Though the re-modelling of the Kanpur Central began a long time back, it is being developed gradually in phases. At present, the work in this direction is going on at snail’s pace but senior NCR officials are hopeful of keeping their promise of giving a new, improved look to the Kanpur Central in the days to come.
The present station was built in 1928, though the imposing building was completed in 1930.This building’s construction is inspired by Lucknow’s magnificent Charbagh NR railway station building which was built by British in 1914 but could not be constructed similar to Charbagh because it needed a huge amount of money.
Deputy chief traffic manager Shivendra Shukla informed that the pending work at the railway overbridge (presently under construction in Cantt) will be taken up speedily.
To facilitate passengers, especially the old ones, two escalators are likely to be installed. According to the proposed plan, all railway quarters on the city side will be dismantled, giving room to a large circulating area.
Three-layered underground parking for vehicles, which is not available at any other railway stations of the NCR division, has also been proposed. The entry and exit points on the city side will be made separate to ensure smooth traffic flow in and out of the station premises. Entry point for the vehicles will remain the same but a separate exit route probably opening at Ghantaghar flyover is also proposed. This will ensure hassle-free driving for passengers coming in and moving out of the station.
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