About Kanpur

Kanpur is one of the largest industrial city of Uttar Pradesh and also is the administrative headquarters of Kanpur Nagar district and Kanpur division. It is also known as Leather City as it contains some of the largest and finest tanneries in India in South Asia. Kanpur is believed to have been founded by members of the Chandela dynasty from the state of Sachendi. The city's name is believed to derive from Kanhiyapur (from the Hindi meaning "town of Kanhaiya").

It played a vital role during the first war of Independence of India in 1857. Kanpur was one of the main centers of industrial revolution in India. Towards the end of 19th Century, Sir John Burney Allens established a group of companies such as Kanpur Textiles, Cawnpore Woolen Mills (Lal Imli), Flex Shoes Company, Elgin Mills and North Tannery under the banner of British India Corporation having headquarter at Kanpur.

Kanpur has an area of over 605 km2 with an approximate population of 2.5 million inhabitants in its area. It is the 75th largest city in the world. Kanpur is surrounded by two main rivers of India, the Ganges in the northeast and the Pandu River (Yamuna) in the south. The districts surrounding Kanpur are Hamirpur in the south and Unnao in the north-east.

In its city centre, Kanpur or the Mall is situated near Civil Lines area. The area consists of varieties of buildings. It is the major economic centre of Kanpur. The Reserve Bank of India, BSNL, SBI, Standard Chartered Bank, LIC, Z SQUARE MALL are situated here. The area is also home to Green Park which was one of India's 5 cricket test centers.

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