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Kanpur (// pronunciation (help·info); formerly Cawnpore) is the 12th most populous city in India and the largest city in the state of Uttar Pradesh followed by Lucknow. It is the administrative headquarters of Kanpur Nagar district and Kanpur division.
|Nickname(s): "Leather City of the world"; "Manchester of the East"|
|District||Kanpur Nagar District
Kanpur Dehat District
|• Mayor||Shri Jagat Vir Singh Drona|
|• Deputy Mayor||Shri Haji Suhail Ahmed|
|• Municipal Commissioner||Shri Avinash Singh|
|• Metropolis||403.70 km2 (155.87 sq mi)|
|Elevation||126 m (413 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
• 209 2xx
• 209 3xx
• 209 4xx
|Coastline||0 kilometres (0 mi)|
|Sex ratio||0.855 ♂/♀|
The name is believed to have derived from Karnapur (meaning "town of Karna", one of the heroes of the Mahabharata). Another theory is that it came from the nearby town of Makanpur, earlier known as Khairabad, where the Sufi saint of the Madariya Sufi order, Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar, settled.
In the 19th century, Cawnpore was an important British garrison with barracks for 7,000 soldiers. During the Indian Rebellion of 1857, 900 British men, women and children were besieged in the fortifications for 22 days by rebels under Nana Sahib Peshwa. They surrendered on the agreement that they would get safe passage to the nearby Satti Chaura Ghat whereupon they would board barges and be allowed to go by river to Allahabad.
Though controversy surrounds what exactly happened at the Satti Chaura Ghat, and who fired the first shot, it is known that, soon afterwards, the departing British were shot at by the rebel sepoys and were either killed or captured. Some of the British officers later claimed that the rebels had, on purpose, placed the boats as high in the mud as possible, to cause delay. They also claimed that Nana Sahib's camp had previously arranged for the rebels to fire upon and kill all the English. Although the East India Company later accused Nana Sahib of betrayal and murder of innocent people, no evidence has ever been found to prove that Nana Sahib had pre-planned or ordered the massacre. Some historians believe that the Satti Chaura Ghat massacre was the result of confusion, and not of any plan implemented by Nana Sahib and his associates. Lieutenant Mowbray Thomson, one of the four male survivors of the massacre, believed that the rank-and-file sepoys who spoke to him did not know of the killing to come.
Many were killed and the remaining 200 British women and children were brought back to shore and sent to a building called the Bibighar (the ladies' home). After some time, the commanders of the rebels decided to kill their hostages. The rebel soldiers refused to carry out orders and butchers from the nearby town were brought in to kill the hostages three days before the British entered the city on 18 July. The dismembered bodies were thrown into a deep well nearby. The British under General Neill retook the city and committed a series of retaliations against the rebel Sepoys and those civilians caught in the area, including women, children and old men. The Cawnpore Massacre, as well as similar events elsewhere, were seen by the British as justification for unrestrained vengeance. "Remember Cawnpore" became a war cry for British for the rest of the rebellion war.
|Climate data for Kanpur|
|Record high °C (°F)||31.1
|Average high °C (°F)||23.1
|Average low °C (°F)||7.9
|Record low °C (°F)||1.6
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||18.7
|Average rainy days||1.9||1.5||1.0||0.8||1.2||4.6||13.7||10.7||6.8||2.1||0.4||0.7||45.5|
|Source: India Meteorological Department (record high and low up to 2010)|
|Kanpur City officials|
Pradeep Kumar Mohanty
Capt. Jagat Vir Singh Drona
|Chief Metropolitan Magistrate||
As per 2011 census Kanpur city has a population of 2,701,324. The total population of the district is 4,524,324 out of which males were 24,59,806 and females were 21,21,462. The literacy rate was 70.76 per cent.
Hinduism is majority religion in Kanpur city with 78.03 % followers. Islam is second most popular religion in city of Kanpur with approximately 19.85 % following it. In Kanpur city, Christinity is followed by 0.46 %, Jainism by 0.20 %, Sikhism by 1.01 % and Buddhism by 1.01 %. Around 0.02 % stated 'Other Religion', approximately 0.39 % stated 'No Particular Religion'.
The metropolitan region defined under JNNURM by Kanpur Nagar Nigam, includes the Kanpur Nagar Nigam area, 8 kilometre around KNN boundary and newly included 47 villages of Unnao district on the north-eastern side, it extends to Murtaza Nagar, in the west its limit is up to Akbarpur, Kanpur Dehat Nagar Panchayat limit, in the eastern side the limit has been expanded on the road leading to Fatehpur and in extended up to. The metropolitan region area includes the area of Shuklaganj Municipal Committee (Nagar Palika), Unnao Municipal Committee (Nagar Palika), Akbarpur Village Authority (Nagar Panchayat) and Bithoor Village Authority (Nagar Panchayat) area. In 1997-98, total metropolitan region area has increased to 89131.15 hectare out of which 4,743.9 hectare (5.31%) was non-defined (prohibited area) and rest 29,683 hectare and 54,704 hectare (61.39%) was urban and rural area respectively.
Airways Kanpur Airport has scheduled commercial flights to Delhi. The nearest International Airport is the Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport at Lucknow, which is around 77.1 km from Kanpur.
The city has had chronic problems with maintaining local roads. There are several important National Highways that pass through Kanpur.
|NH No||Route||Total Length|
|NH 2||Delhi » Mathura » Agra » Kanpur » Allahabad » Varanasi » Mohania » Barhi » Palsit » Dankuni (near Kolkata)||2542|
|NH 25||Lucknow » Kanpur » Jhansi||352|
|NH 86||Kanpur » Hamirpur » Mahoba » Chhatarpur » Sagar » Bhopal » Indore||674|
|NH 91||Ghaziabad » Aligarh » Etah » Kannauj » Kanpur||405|
|NH 157 (Proposed)||Kanpur » Raebareli » Sultanpur » Shahganj » Azamgarh » Gaura Barhaj » Siwan » Muzaffarpur||581|
The Inter State Bus Station (ISBT) of Kanpur officially named as the "Shaheed Major Salman Khan Bus Station". It is locally known as the "Jhakarkati Bus Station" enquiry number: 0512 2328381. It provides buses to important cities of India. The other bus stations are:
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is all set to develop a four-lane outer ring road along the periphery of Kanpur with an aim to prevent traffic congestion in the industrial city caused by long-distance heavy vehicles. The new road, which will help the heavy vehicles to bypass the city, will be developed on a "Built, Operate and Transfer" (BOT) basis under the phase-VII of National Highways Development Programme (NHDP).
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