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Kanpur - The MANCHESTER of India

It was formerly known as the Manchester of the East, and the economic capital of Uttar Pradesh. Kanpur is located on the banks of the river Ganga and is an important industrial centre. Owing to the city's industrial importance, one of few branches of the Reserve Banks of India and Institute of Chartered Accountants of India were established in the city. It is also home to several globally recognized institutions such as IIT Kanpur, HBTI and many more.

Development of Industries

After 1857 it became an important center of the Leather and Textile Industries. The Government Harness and Saddlery Factory was started in 1860 to supply the army with leather products, followed by Cooper Allen & Co. in 1880. The first Cotton Textile Mill, the Elgin Mills, was started in 1862 and Muir Mills in 1882, and many others that followed in the next 40 years, such as Victoria Mills and Atherton West & Co. (Atherton Mills), made Cawnpore a major textile producer. The British India Corporation (BIC) was headquartered here and led the development of many industries.

The first Indian business house of Cawnpore was the firm Nihal Chand Kishori Lal, which set up a trading facility in 1857. This firm was a leader in oil milling and had many oil mills spread across North India. The Juggilal Kamlapat Singhania family launched many factories between 1930 and 1970. The Jaipuria family contributed to the patriotic cause, by building the Swadeshi Cotton Mills in response to charges that the foreign rulers were raiding India of its cotton only to sell back textiles to the residents. Kanpur was known as the "Manchester of India" during the 20th Century. The Nihal Chand Kishori Lal group (also known as Kejriwal Group) over time diversified into flour milling, tea plantations and steel. They bought the Cawnpore Flour Mills in 1942, which had been established in 1886 by Edward Foy, a Scotsman. New Cawnpore Flour Mills is at present one of the larger flour mills of North India and still managed by the same family.

The steel industry was first brought to Kanpur by Singh Engineering. The Kejriwals set up a ministeel mill on the outskirts of Kanpur, which is now a leading long products manufacturer. Kanpur is also an important center for India's leather industry. It is also one of the largest sugar producing areas in northern India. As of now, the city also owns many leather tanneries, and over a dozen Defence Ordnance Factories. It is also home to the pan masala and gutkha industries and is also famous for bricks industry.

Recent years has brought a change to the area industry, with LML Plant slowing down production drastically. There has been some growth in the plastics and the 3-wheeler automotive industries. Kanpur has been neglected by the local state government despite its huge contribution to the economy, and requires an influx of funding and support if it is to return to its former glory.

The British contributed to charitable causes in the city by building the Ursula Horsman Hospital, the Hallet Hospital, Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, by protecting the Allen Forest (now a zoo) and many other efforts. Most of these are now renamed, though a lot of residents still call them by their old names. The distortion of names is most visible at the railway crossing bridge next to the Railway Station, where the now-closed Murray Company is conveniently called Mari (Dead) Company.

Due to the onset of leather industries, the pollution levels have risen dangerously high. Due to lack of proper planning, the city is equaling Delhi as a victim of congestion and overcrowding. Urban planning has yet to evolve. Agencies responsible for this have still a long way to go from selling plots of land to planning wholesome development. A recent article in the Time Asia magazine says it all regarding the pollution in the city.

New industries such as detergent, saddlery, food processing, pan masala, tea packaging, plastics and packaging, jewellery manufacturing and exports, leather processing and goods, have developed in the city.

Kanpur is one of the biggest producers of Textile and Leather products and they are exported in bulk. About 50 Tons of air cargo is generated for leather products only and this is sent through surface transport to New Delhi and from New Delhi it is sent to outside India through air cargo. Apart from leather and textile industry, the fertilizer, chemicals, two wheelers, soaps, hosiery and engineering industries are also operating in the city.

The Stock yard of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Steel Authority of India Limited are also located in the city. The highest number of Ordnance Factories is situated in the city.

The only unit of Indian Institute of Pulse Research (an institute of ICAR) & one of the three units of National Sugar Institute is situated in Kanpur.

Gas Authority of India Limited, NTPC and perfume industries of Kannauj are also near to Kanpur. STP (Software Technology Park) is also functioning in Kanpur. The Directorate of Industries and Directorate of Handlooms are also situated in the city.

The following famous companies have their offices/plants in Kanpur

  • Ashok Spices
  • BIC
  • Coca Cola
  • Czars India
  • Dainik Jagran News Paper
  • Duncans Fertilizers
  • Goldie Spices
  • GCMMF(Amul)
  • Hindustan Unilever(earlier Hindustan Lever)
  • Indian Oil Depot
  • India Thermit Corporation
  • Kashi Jewellers
  • Kamlakant and Company(Rajshree Gutkha)
  • Kothari Products
  • Kanpur Plastipack Limited
  • Leeyan Overseas (Red Chief Shoes)
  • LML Limited
  • Maa Vindhyavasini Tobacco Corporation (Madhu Pan Masala)
  • Mirza Tanners (Red Tape Shoes)
  • Nerolac
  • NTC
  • Pepsi
  • Prachi Leather
  • Resinova Chemie Limited
  • Rotomac
  • Super Tannery Limited
  • SGM (SIR Paan Masala Group)
  • Super House (Allen Cooper Shoes)
  • Tasty Dairy Specialities Limited

Tanneries in Kanpur

  • Indian National Tannery
  • Northern Tannery
  • Supreme Tannery
  • Oriental Tannery
  • Pacific Tannery
  • Araffat Tannery
  • Zaaz Tannery
  • Kelco Tannery
  • Bengal Tannery
  • Amaan Leathers
  • Amaan Tanners
  • Sultan Tanners

Education

Kanpur is home to several educational institutions which have made it a popular educational center. A category-wise list of few top colleges from the city is as as follows:

Technological Institutes

  • Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur : (IIT Kanpur)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of India : (ICAI Kanpur)
  • Harcourt Butler Technological Institute : (HBTI)
  • University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Kanpur University : (UIET Kanpur or IET Kanpur)
  • Government Central Textile Institute : (GCTI)
  • Government Leather Institute
  • Government Polytechnic
  • Indian Technical Institute : (ITI)

Others

  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited : (HAL)
  • There are a number of degree colleges and schools (inter colleges) in the city.

Literacy rate of Kanpur is 77.63% which is well above the national average.

IT Companies in Kanpur

  • AccuSense Global Technologies {Catering Acumen Globally} A well known training and development company in the field of Information Technology. This company has strategic alliance with SmarTalk NetCom(P)Ltd
  • VeragTech is a privately held company founded in 2004 with headquarters in Kanpur, India with a branch office located in New York, USA.
  • BPO India started operating domestic and International Call Centers from the Software Technology Park in Kanpur.
  • Creativatorz is India's leading web architecture design and development company with its development centre in Kanpur.
  • Epsilonium Software India is the Indian subsidiary of US based Epsilonium Systems engaged in developing web sites, web based software, e-commerce, and database driven e-business solutions.
  • Mindzone Technologies & Software Solutions is one of the fast growing software developments and solution provider Company in north India based at Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Kanpur.

Eminent People Associated with Kanpur

  • Poonam Dhillon, studied in Air Force School Kanpur for a few years, a famous Hindi film actress [Noorie, Kaala Patthar, Sohni Mahiwal]
  • Shriprakash Jaiswal, Coal Minister in Govt. Of India
  • Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, freedom fighter and socialite, on whom the medical college is named
  • Apurva Agnihotri, Film Actor of Pardes fame
  • Padma Vibhushan Captain Lakshmi Sahgal, one time presidential election candidate & was a Captain in Netaji's Azad Hind Fauj
  • Subhashini Ali, occasional resident, trade unionist and communist leader & Film actress(Ashoka Fame), wife of Film director Muzaffar Ali & mother of Shad Ali
  • Raju Srivastava, film actor and stand up comedian
  • Bob Woolmer, born in Kanpur, went on to play cricket for England and coached South Africa and Pakistan
  • Altaf Raja, Bollywood Singer of Tum to thehre Pardesi fame
  • Abhijeet Bhattacharya, famous Bollywood singer, born and brought up in Kanpur
  • Padma Shri Gopal Das Neeraj, a famous poet
  • Sir Peter de Noronha, a well known businessman, philanthropist and civil servant of Kanpur, India. He was also knighted by Pope Paul VI in 1965 for his work for the Christian community in India
  • Seth Juggi Lal Kamlapat Singhania, The founder of The JK Group

Railways

Served by Indian Railways, Kanpur is well connected by trains with all major cities, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Patna, Jaipur, Bhopal, Pune, Surat, Indore, Jhansi etc.

Kanpur has ten railway stations with in its city limits namely Kanpur Central, Kanpur Anwarganj, Govindpuri(Kanpur South), Panki, Chakeri, Chandari, Rawatpur, Kalyanpur, Kanpur Bridge Left Bank and Kanpur SMU CBSA.

Kanpur Central is the main station of Kanpur and is the largest station of North Central Railways. Kanpur Central lies as one of the most important railway stations on Delhi-Howrah Trunk Line of Indian Railways. The first Rajdhani Express of India ran via this station.

Airways

Air India (formerly Indian Airlines) is running a regular daily flight using a 48-seater ATR42 Turboprop between Kanpur and Delhi domestic terminal, 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday. IC7801 departs Delhi at 1:30pm and reaches Kanpur at 2:55pm. Kanpur to Delhi IC7802 departs at 5:15pm and reaching Delhi at 6:40pm.

Internet

The city has broadband internet connectivity and video conferencing facilities. Major players like BSNL, Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Tata Communications & STPI, have a wide infrastructure to provide broadband Internet Bandwidth to home users, corporates etc.

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