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PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone for International Cricket Stadium in Varanasi: All You Need to Know

In a momentous event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for an international cricket stadium in Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency. This marked a significant development for sports enthusiasts in the region and added another feather to the city’s cap. The stadium, set to become the star of the Purvanchal region, is designed to reflect the essence of Kashi and will be a symbol of modern sports infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh.

A Blessing for Youth of Purvanchal

During his address at a rally after the foundation stone laying ceremony, PM Modi expressed his joy at visiting Varanasi, a city close to his heart. He acknowledged the unique connection between Kashi and the moon’s Shiv Shakti point and celebrated India’s success in space exploration. He also emphasized the significance of the new cricket stadium, stating that it would be a blessing for the youth of Purvanchal.

Varanasi's international cricket stadium
Varanasi’s international cricket stadium

Connecting the World Through Cricket

PM Modi highlighted the global reach of cricket and how it connects India with the world. He mentioned that new countries are now stepping forward to play cricket, underlining the sport’s increasing popularity and influence. He noted that the stadium in Varanasi, a city often referred to as ‘Mahadev,’ will be dedicated to Lord Shiva himself.

Government Support for Sports

The Prime Minister also emphasized the changing perspective towards sports in India, crediting the government for supporting athletes at all levels. This investment in sports infrastructure aligns with India’s growing success in various sports and fosters a culture of sportsmanship and excellence.

Varanasi's international cricket stadium
Varanasi’s international cricket stadium

A Monumental Structure

The international cricket stadium in Varanasi is not just about sports; it is also a work of art. The Uttar Pradesh government has invested ₹121 crore to acquire the land for the stadium, while the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will spend ₹330 crore on its construction. With a seating capacity of nearly 30,000 spectators, the stadium boasts a distinctive design.

  • The roof covers will take the shape of crescents.
  • Floodlights will resemble tridents.
  • The seating arrangement will mimic the steps of Varanasi’s iconic ghats.
  • The metallic sheets on the facade will be shaped like Bel leaves.
Varanasi's international cricket stadium
Varanasi’s international cricket stadium

The essence of Kashi

One of the most captivating aspects of the stadium’s design is its reflection of the “essence of Kashi.” It not only serves as a sports venue but also as a symbol of the city’s rich cultural and spiritual heritage.

Prominent Guests

The momentous ceremony saw cricket icons such as Sachin Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, and Dilip Vengsarkar in attendance, alongside key BCCI figures including President Roger Binny, Vice President Rajiv Shukla, and Secretary Jay Shah. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath joined the Prime Minister in marking this historic occasion.

Varanasi's international cricket stadium
Varanasi’s international cricket stadium

Completion and Future Events

The international cricket stadium, set to be located near the Ring Road in the Rajatalab area, is projected to be ready for use by December 2025. This will make it the third international cricket stadium in Uttar Pradesh, following those in Kanpur and Lucknow.

PM Modi’s visit to Varanasi also included the inauguration of 16 newly constructed Atal Residential Schools, further emphasizing the government’s commitment to education and sports development. The day was a celebration of progress, culture, and sportsmanship in the heart of Kashi.

The laying of the foundation stone for Varanasi’s international cricket stadium is a momentous occasion for the city, the state of Uttar Pradesh, and the entire nation. It not only holds the potential to enhance sports in the region but also serves as a testament to India’s growing impact on the global cricket stage. The stadium’s distinctive design, mirroring the essence of Kashi, establishes it as an enduring landmark destined to be treasured by future generations. Moreover, this endeavour underscores the government’s dedication to nurturing a culture of sporting excellence and educational development in India.

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