Kanpur Metro update: EIB approves EUR 650 million loan for Metro project

The European Investment Bank (EIB) recently approved a loan amount of EUR 650 million for the Kanpur Metro project. The project concerns is the construction and operation of an urban metro rail transit system in Kanpur, the largest industrial city of Uttar Pradesh.

EIB will finance the acquisition of rolling stock and the development of two metro rail corridors with elevated sections, totaling to 32.4 km with 31 stations (of which 19.4 km with 19 stations and 13 km with 12 underground stations).


The new metro will contribute to make Kanpur safer and more business-friendly. By facilitating access to amenities and jobs, this low carbon and climate resilient urban infrastructure will improve the conditions for private sector development, while reducing environmental impact.

The project contributes to the two main objectives of the EIB External Mandate:-

  • Climate change mitigation, by promoting modal shift from road to rail while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Social and Economic infrastructure development, by contributing to urban development. The project is in line with the EU Country Strategy Paper for India which highlights the infrastructure gap and need to address rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount):

EUR 650 million

Total cost (Approximate amount):

EUR 1354 million

Environmental aspects:

In India, metro projects do not fall within the scope of the relevant Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) legislation unless the built up area is beyond a defined threshold, in which case the project is subject to screening by the State level Competent Authority. The status of screening, if any, is to be determined during appraisal. The project has in any case been subject to an environmental and social impact assessment. The further steps in assessing and managing environmental risks are to be reviewed during appraisal. Compliance with relevant EIB Social Standards is to be reviewed.


The Bank will require the promoter to ensure that implementation of the project will be done in accordance with the Bank’s Guide to Procurement.

Source: EIB-Projects to be financed | Image Credit (representational): UPMRC