Kanpur is a major industrial city of Uttar Pradesh. The city is about 80 km from the state capital, Lucknow. It is situated on the south bank of river Ganges in the west. It is also known as the industrial capital of the state. It is believed that this city was founded by King Hindu Singh of Sachendi Kingdom. The original name of Kanpur was Kanhpur. It refers to city's connection with the chief King of Hindusi or to the heroic Karna of the Mahabharata period. It is also attested that since the last phase of the reign of Awadh, the city has included old Kanpur, Patakpura, Kuraswam, Juhi and Sisamau areas situated in the form of villages. The city was ruled by the rulers of Kannauj and Kalpi and later by the Muslim rulers.
Kanpur is well connected to major cities of the country by the National Highways. The National Highway (NH2) connects Kanpur with Delhi, Allahabad, Agra and Kolkata, while the National Highway (NH25) connects Kanpur with cities like Lucknow, Jhansi and Shivpuri.


Kanpur airport was initially a military airport, designated for the use of Indian Air Force (IAF) and that is why it is still referred to as Chakeri Air Force Station. It was only in 1970 that commercial flights started to operate from this airport. From 2004, it started functioning as a regular domestic airport connecting Kanpur to almost all the major cities of the country.
Airport Authority of India (AAI) is planning to augment the existing Chakeri Civil Enclave facility to accommodate larger Airbus type passenger aircraft and cargo handling capacities in Kanpur Airport. The plan to construct new lounges and car parking for increasing the passenger handling capacity is already in the pipeline and land has already been identified for the same.


Due to the limited expansion options available and restrictions enforced by the Airports Authority of India, the current terminal is not able to cope up with the growing air traffic demands of Kanpur. A new terminal of 6,000 sq.m. is under construction at Kanpur- Prayagraj National Highway.

The new terminal will consist of six hangars and a waiting room for 300 passengers, eight check-in desks as well as a high-traffic connection to the nearby highway. It will be energy efficient and is likely to begin its operations by early 2023.


On February 28, 2019, the Central Government approved the ambitious metro project for Kanpur to be built with an estimated cost of ₹ 11,076.48 crores and a five-year time deadline. Construction work on the project began on November 15, 2019, with the first section opened in December 2021. The first phase was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on December 28, 2021.
Kanpur Metro is a rail-based mass transit system serving the city of Kanpur and is extendable to the Kanpur metropolitan area. The feasibility study for the project was done by RITES in June 2015. Construction of the orange line began on November 15, 2019 with the 8.98 km (5.3 miles) stretch from IIT Kanpur to Motijheel.
The study was prepared to mitigate traffic woes and congestion, which were the major stumbling blocks in the growth, development, and prosperity of the city area. Two corridors were approved by the government as per the Detailed Project Report (DPR). The tenders were floated for the priority section of corridor-1 between IIT Kanpur to Motijheel. AFCONS Infra was awarded the tender.


Kanpur City Transport Service Ltd. is a city based service under JNURM scheme of Government of India which operates primarily in Kanpur city. It covers the entire city and is used extensively by daily commuters. Kanpur City Transport Service Ltd. has A/c, Non A/c, low Floor Marcopolo buses, Tata Buses and Mazda. The fleet is environment friendly, easy, comfortable & provide safe transportation facility to daily office-goers, students, senior citizens and women.
For the public services, it is being operated under J.N.N.U.R.M scheme. Between October 2009 to 2010, 270 city buses were operated by the government and under the Company ACT 1956, K.C.T.S.L. was established on 28.04.2010.
Now KCTSL has inducted around 100 High end AC Electric Buses to its fleet. E-buses are now most preferred buses in Kanpur city. Administration has plans to increase the E-Bus fleet in the coming years.


In a bid to boost the sports infrastructure of Kanpur, the civic body is undertaking the construction work on a fast-track mode. As per reports, while Phase 1 of this project is already completed, the indoor stadium construction work is finished & ready for opening up. Once opened, this place will become a one-stop solution for all the sport enthusiasts in the city.
Divided into three different zones, this maiden indoor sports complex will provide a platform for 22 types of indoor sports. Notably, Zone 1 will house a sports conference centre that can be used by sports federations and NGOs to organize sports-related workshops and conferences. Additionally, it can also be used for the distribution of prizes for sports-related competitions.
Zone 2 will be equipped with a gym for all age groups, spa facility for males and females respectively, physiotherapy room, kids playroom with billiards and an aerobics room on the ground floor.
Zone 3 will come up with one of the largest indoor sports halls of Uttar Pradesh. As per reports, the sports hall in the upcoming complex can include upto seven badminton courts which be established in future. Alternatively, other sports such as table tennis, handball, basketball, judo, karate and wrestling can also be played here.


The Boat Club at Ganga Barrage will soon be developed as the state's first national-grade boat club. The club will be positioned as the launching pad for water sports including, kayaking, canoeing and rowing. As per reports, the trials have already started on June 25.
Once the demo runs and operations are completed, the Kanpur Boat club will tower as the hub of sports adventure in the region.
It will also be opened for Membership & Public activities by end of this year.


Having been a witness to all three formats of cricket, the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur has successfully conducted over 500 test matches. Now, the historic stadium complex is all set for a revamp with proposed introductions of a visitors gallery, pavilion and cricket museum within its premises. According to reports, the state administration and sports authority have already issued a no-objection certificate, furthering the execution of the project.