Kanpur Central is one of the four Central Railway Stations in India. It is a major intercity rail and commuter rail station in the 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. It is the busiest station of North Central Railways as it records a traffic of more than 150,000 passengers and more than 280 trains pass through on a daily basis.
After determining which railway stations need to be world-class, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee included Kanpur Central in her list. She included funding for this work in her "50 World-Class Railway Stations" budget. A phased revamping has begun. 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 moving very slowly 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. The building's construction is inspired by Lucknow's magnificent Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station building which was built by the British in 1914 but could not be constructed similar to Charbagh because it would be enormously expensive.
Foot Over bridge
There are 2 foot-over bridges; Howrah Bridge and Delhi bridge. Also the station has one underpass route connecting all the railway platforms. Since the station is enlisted in International Railway station there will be escalators in Kanpur Central soon.
Improvement in the lighting Work
Massive improvement in the lighting work has been taken up. More lighting has been provided in the subway which connects different platforms. Also the tube lights in the subway have been connected with inverters to ensure that there is power at peak times. This will also provide safety to the passengers while using the subway to reach a particular platform. New LED neon sign boards with the station's name embedded on it are being procured and will be installed on both sides of the railway station soon. A proposal has been sent to provide facade lighting in order to give station building a beautiful look during the night hours.
Availability of Drinking Water
For tackling the water crisis, an around the clock water monitoring committee has been brought into action, wherein senior supervisors of three departments of mechanical, civil and electrical are manning the platforms to ensure that there is a regular water supply at the platforms and also the water is available in the water tanks of various trains.
A grievance committee has been made available to the passengers for getting their complaints registered related to non-availability of drinking water. The maintenance of the existing retiring room and dormitories would be taken up in the next phase. Also, a new platform surface has been made at the platform number one as cracks had developed on the older existing surface.
Passenger Facilitation Center
The passenger facilitation center will consolidate all the necessary services from our railway staff into one building. These services include train inquiries, retiring room/dormitory book, wheel chair booking for the handicapped passengers, sale of railway time-table and the platforms tickets. Also, all railway announcements will be made from there only. The central railway station will also have passenger amenity center in which the waiting hall and waiting room, booking office, passenger facilitation center, cloak room, luggage and parcel booking office etc. will be there on platform only