NEW DELHI: Today, on September 23, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for an international cricket stadium in Varanasi. Addressing the gathered audience, PM Modi expressed that the stadium in the city of ‘Mahadev’ would be dedicated to ‘Mahadev’ himself.
PM Modi stated, “The Indian sportspersons here will benefit greatly from the construction of an international stadium in Kashi.” He emphasized that the stadium would not only have a positive impact on nurturing young sporting talent but also greatly empower the local economy.
The Prime Minister highlighted how previously, well-equipped stadiums were primarily found in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. However, now players in even remote areas are being provided with these state-of-the-art facilities.
PM Modi also extended his best wishes to the Indian athletes participating in the Asian Games, which commence today.
Notable cricket legends such as Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Shastri, and Vengsarkar were present at the foundation stone-laying ceremony. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also attended the function.
The state government, in a statement, revealed that the “essence of Kashi” would be prominently featured in the design of the 30,000-capacity stadium. The stadium will include crescent-shaped roof covers, floodlights resembling a trident, patterns resembling bel leaves, and one structure shaped like a ‘damru,’ a hand percussion instrument associated with Lord Shiva.
The stadium is being constructed near the Ring Road in the Rajatalab area and is expected to be completed by December 2025. Notably, this Varanasi stadium will be Uttar Pradesh’s third international cricket stadium, following those in Kanpur and Lucknow.