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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on saturday laid the foundation stone for an International cricket stadium in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi.

The stadium set to get readied by 2025 will be built with combined funding from UP government as well as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The state government has allocated ₹121 crores for acquisition of land while the BCCI will invest ₹330 crores for construction of the stadium. Once completed, this stadium in Varanasi will become 3rd international cricket stadium, after the existing ones in Lucknow & Kanpur.

Host of cricketing legends with likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar & more were present in the foundation stone-laying ceremony.

What PM Modi said

# This stadium in the city of ‘Mahadev’ will be dedicated to ‘Mahadev’ himself. The sportspersons here will benefit from the construction of an international stadium in Kashi. This stadium will become the star of Purvanchal region.

# With the foundation stone of cricket stadium being laid in Varanasi, this will come as blessing for the youth of Purvanchal region

Things to know about Varanasi stadium

The upcoming international stadium in Varanasi marks the beginning of new sporting culture in PM’s Parliamentary constituency as this will not only enthuse youths but also entail setting up of training centres for promoting sports culture in the city.

The stadium being developed at a cost of Rs 551 crore will come Ganjari area of Rajatalab, Varanasi.

Varanasi cricket stadium --

The Varanasi cricket stadium is inspired from Lord Shiva temple and it designs draw many resemblance with the complex. The flood-lights have been shaped like trident, seats designed on lines of ghats, some structures shaped like ‘damru’ and metallic sheets lined above ground in shape of ‘belpatra’.

Varanasi cricket stadium

The International Cricket Stadium boasts of a capacity of about 30,000 spectators. The spectators’ gallery will be designed to look like ghats of Varanasi.

The world-class sports facility will cover an expansive 30 acre area and will see expenditure of more than Rs 551 crore

Varanasi cricket stadium

The stadium coming up along the Ring Road will enable easy accessibility and facilitate easy movement of traffic. This will become operational by 2025.

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