International cricket stadium will be built in Varanasi

International cricket stadium will be built in Varanasi

This topic is related to Current Affairs of PCS Prelims Exam and Main Exam General Studies Question Paper-5 ‘Uttar Pradesh Special’

September 27, 2023

In News:

  • Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of the International Cricket Stadium in Varanasi.

key points:

  • This stadium will be constructed on 30 acres of land in Ganjri, Varanasi.
  • The purpose of building this stadium is to provide world class infrastructure for sports.
  • Uttar Pradesh government has allocated ₹121 crore for land acquisition.
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will invest ₹330 crore in the construction of this stadium.
  • Located near the Ring Road in Rajatalab area, the stadium is likely to be ready by December 2025.
  • After Kanpur and Lucknow, this will be the third international cricket stadium in Uttar Pradesh.

Main features of this stadium:

  • This stadium is completely dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • The design of this stadium will include elements inspired by the city of Varanasi, such as a crescent-shaped roof, trishul-shaped floodlights will be installed.
  • The structure of this stadium will be in the shape of 'Damru' (a hand musical instrument associated with Lord Shiva) and vine leaves.
  • The spectator gallery of this stadium will be like the stairs of the ghats of Varanasi.
  • This stadium will have a seating capacity of more than 30,000 spectators.
  • This stadium is expected to benefit local players and the economy.

Uttar Pradesh Sports Policy-2023

  • On March 10, 2023, the Uttar Pradesh government has approved the state's first Sports Policy-2023 to promote sports and players and develop sports culture in the state.
  • Under this new sports policy, special training will be given to the players to increase their physical efficiency.
  • Along with this, 'State Sports Authority' will also be formed on the lines of the new State Sports Authority of India.
  • Apart from this, private academies and schools-colleges will be linked with sports.
  • Under this sports policy, a 'State Sports Development Fund' will be created for sports in the state with ₹10 crore, which will provide special benefits to the best players of the state.


main exam questions

Mention the major initiatives launched by the government in recent years for the promotion of sports in Uttar Pradesh.