Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to make a historic move as he lays the foundation stone for an international cricket stadium in his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. The official statement released today revealed that the Uttar Pradesh government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has invested a staggering Rs 121 crore in acquiring the land for this monumental project. Additionally, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will contribute Rs 330 crore towards the construction of this state-of-the-art stadium.
One of the most exciting aspects of this development is the star-studded ceremony expected to take place during the foundation stone laying. Cricket enthusiasts and fans of the sport will be delighted to know that legendary cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, and Ravi Shastri, among others, are likely to grace the occasion with their presence.
What sets this stadium apart is its design, which will seamlessly incorporate the essence of Kashi, a city known for its rich cultural and spiritual heritage. The stadium will feature unique architectural elements, including crescent-shaped roof covers, floodlights shaped like tridents, and patterns resembling bel leaves. One of the structures will even bear the shape of a ‘damru,’ a musical instrument associated with Lord Shiva.
Furthermore, the stadium’s spectator gallery will pay homage to the iconic ghats in Varanasi, with its design resembling the steps of these historic landmarks. As for capacity, the stadium is designed to accommodate up to 30,000 spectators and will boast a total of seven pitches to cater to various cricketing needs.
Situated near the Ring Road in the Rajatalab area of Varanasi, this international cricket stadium is expected to be completed and ready for action by December 2025. It marks a significant milestone in the development of sports infrastructure in the region and promises to be a hub for cricketing excellence.
The event will witness the presence of key figures from the BCCI, including President Roger Binny, Vice President Rajiv Shukla, and Secretary Jay Shah. Their participation underscores the importance of this project in the world of Indian cricket.
Notably, this will be the third international cricket stadium in Uttar Pradesh, following Kanpur and Lucknow, signifying the state’s growing prominence in the world of cricket. As Varanasi, a city known for its deep-rooted traditions, embraces the spirit of cricket, it is poised to become a significant destination for sports enthusiasts and fans alike.
(This story has not been edited by Smartkhabrinews staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)