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Kanpur (// pronunciation (help·info); formerly Cawnpore) is the 12th most populous city in India and the second largest city in the state of Uttar Pradesh after Lucknow. The city is the administrative headquarters of Kanpur Nagar district and Kanpur division.
|Nickname(s): "Leather City of the world"; "Manchester of the East"|
|• Mayor||Jagat Vir Singh Drona (BJP)|
|• Divisional Commissioner||Pradeep Kumar Mohanty, IAS|
|• District Magistrate and Collector||Surendra Singh, IAS|
|• Inspector General, Kanpur Range||Alok Singh, IPS|
|• DIG/Senior Superintendent of Police||Sonia Singh, IPS|
|• Metropolitan City||403.70 km2 (155.87 sq mi)|
|Elevation||126 m (413 ft)|
|• Metropolitan City||2,767,348|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
• 209 2xx
• 209 3xx
• 209 4xx
|Coastline||0 kilometres (0 mi)|
|Sex ratio||0.855 ♂/♀|
|Website||Official District Website|
The name of the city 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)|
Administration and Politics
|Additional Director General, Kanpur Zone||Avanish Chandra|
|Inspector General, Kanpur Range||Alok Singh|
|DIG/Senior Superintendent of Police||Sonia Singh|
|Vice Chairman, Kanpur Development Authority||K. Vijayendra Pandian|
Captain (retired) Jagat Vir Singh Drona
|Municipal Commissioner||Avinash Singh|
|District Judge||Shashi Kant Shukla|
|Chief Metropolitan Magistrate||
Kanpur division which consists of seven districts, and is headed by the Divisional Commissioner of Kanpur, who is an IAS officer of high seniority, the Commissioner is the head of local government institutions (including Municipal Corporations) in the division, is in charge of infrastructure development in his division, and is also responsible for maintaining law and order in the division. The District Magistrate of Kanpur reports to the Divisional Commissioner. The current Commissioner is Pradeep Kumar Mohanty.
Kanpur district administration is headed by the District Magistrate of Kanpur, who is an IAS officer. The DM is in charge of property records and revenue collection for the central government and oversees the elections held in the city. The DM is also responsible for maintaining law and order in the city, hence the SSP of Kanpur also reports to the DM of Kanpur. The DM is assisted by a Chief Development Officer (CDO), four Additional District Magistrates (ADM) (Finance/Revenue, City, Land Acquisition, Civil Supply), one City Magistrate (CM), and seven Additional City Magistrates (ACM). The district has three tehsils viz. Sadar, Bilhaur and Ghatampur, each headed by a Sub-Divisional Magistrate. The current DM is Surendra Singh.
Kanpur district comes under the Kanpur Police Zone and Kanpur Police Range, Kanpur Zone is headed by an Additional Director General ranked IPS officer, and the Kanpur Range is headed Inspector General ranked IPS officer. The current ADG, Kanpur Zone is Avanish Chandra, and IG, Kanpur Range is Alok Singh.
The district police is headed by a Deputy Inspector General/Senior Superintendent of Police (DIG/SSP), who is an IPS officer, and is assisted by seven Superintendents of Police (SP)/Additional Superintendents of Police (Addl. SP) (East, West, South, Rural Area, Crime, Traffic and Modern Control Room), who are either IPS officers or PPS officers. Each of the several police circles is headed by a Circle Officer (CO) in the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police. The current DIG/SSP is Sonia Singh.
Infrastructure and Civic Administration
The development of infrastructure in the city is overseen by Kanpur Development Authority (KDA), which comes under the Housing Department of Uttar Pradesh government. The Divisional Commissioner of Kanpur acts as the ex-officio Chairman of KDA, whereas a Vice Chairman, a government-appointed IAS officer, looks after the daily matters of the authority. The current Vice-Chairman of Kanpur Development Authority is K. Vijayendra Pandian.
The Kanpur Municipal Corporations oversees civic activities in the city, the head of the corporation is the Mayor, but the executive and administration of the corporation are the responsibility of the Municipal Commissioner, who is a Uttar Pradesh government-appointed Provincial Civil Service (PCS) officer of high seniority. The current Mayor of Kanpur is Captain (retired) Jagat Vir Singh Drona, whereas the Municipal Commissioner is Avinash Singh.
The Kanpur District Court is headed by the District Judge of Kanpur, who is assisted by numerous Additional District Judges, Civil Judges (senior division) and Additional Civil Judges. Kanpur is a notified metropolitan area by UP Government under Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), 1973, and therefore has a Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, who is assisted by several Metropolitan Magistrates. The current District Judge is Shashi Kant Shukla, and the current Chief Metropolitan Magistrate is Shabistan Aquil.
As per 2011 census, Kanpur city has a population of 2,701,324. 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 the city of Kanpur with approximately 19.85% following it. In Kanpur city, Christianity 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 kilometres 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, on 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.
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". It provides buses to important cities of India.
In 2011 it was reported by The Indian Express that "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 Built, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis under the phase-VII of National Highways Development Programme (NHDP)"
Education & Research
Educational institutions in the city include three state universities. Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University is one of the largest universities in Asia catering to urban and rural students offering professional and academic courses in disciplines of Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, Engineering, Biotechnology, Computer Applications, Management and Medicine. Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology is an agricultural university named after the Indian revolutionary Chandrashekhar Azad which caters to the needs of the farming community of 29 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Harcourt Butler Technical University (HBTI) offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral programs in engineering, as well as Masters programs in Business Administration, and Computer Applications. A public engineering institution Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is in the city. It was one of the first Indian Institutes of Technology established in 1959, created with the assistance of a consortium of nine US research universities as part of the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP). There is also a private university in the city: Rama University part of the Rama Group. There are several private Technical and Management institutions.
Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College (GSVMMC or GSVM Medical College) is a state-run medical college in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. It was founded in 1956 and named after Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, a freedom fighter and journalist from Kanpur. Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital (LLR Hospital), which is also known as Hallet Hospital, is associated with GSVM, Kanpur.
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