Kanpur is the biggest city of the state and is main centre of commercial and industrial activities. Formerly known as Manchester of the country is now also called the commercial capital of the state.

It is situated on the most important national highways no. 2 & 25 and state highway. It is also situated on the main Delhi-Howrah railway trunk line. It is situated on bank of holy river Ganga and is about 126 meters above the sea level. Presently there is no civilian air-service available for the city but a 9,000 feets air strip is available at civilian air terminal Chakeri (Ahirwan). The nearest civilian air port Amausi (Lucknow) is 70Km. away from Kanpur.

Kanpur is also divisional hqrs. of Kanpur commissionary consisting of following districts :

  • Kanpur-Nagar
  • Kanpur-Dehat
  • Etawah
  • Auraiya
  • Farrukhabad
  • Kannauj

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