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Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to Varanasi: Laying the Foundation Stone of an International Cricket Stadium

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently visited Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency, to mark several significant milestones. During his visit, he laid the foundation stone of an international cricket stadium in Ganjari, Rajatalab, aimed at realizing his vision of developing world-class sports infrastructure. Additionally, he participated in the closing ceremony of the Kashi Sansad Sanskritik Mahotsav at the Rudraksha International Cooperation and Convention Centre and inaugurated 16 Atal residential schools built across Uttar Pradesh.

International Cricket Stadium in Varanasi

Location: Ganjari, Rajatalab

Cost: Approximately Rs 450 crore

Capacity: 30,000 spectators

  1. Inspired by Lord Shiva: The thematic architecture of the stadium draws inspiration from Lord Shiva, incorporating elements such as crescent-shaped roof covers, trident-shaped floodlights, and ghat steps-based seating arrangements.

  2. World-Class Infrastructure: The stadium is part of Prime Minister Modi’s vision to develop modern and world-class sports infrastructure.

Atal Awasiya Vidyalaya – Quality Education Initiative

Total Cost: Approximately Rs 1,115 crore

Number of Schools: 16

Targeted Beneficiaries: Children of laborers, construction workers, and COVID-19 orphans

  1. Access to Quality Education: These 16 “Atal Awasiya Vidyalaya” schools aim to provide quality education and holistic development opportunities to children who are often underserved, including the children of laborers, construction workers, and those orphaned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. Comprehensive Facilities: Each school is constructed on 10-15 acres of land and includes classrooms, sports grounds, recreational areas, a mini auditorium, hostel complexes, mess facilities, and residential flats for the staff.
  3. Capacity: These residential schools are designed to eventually accommodate 1,000 students each, significantly expanding access to quality education in the region.

Kashi Sansad Sanskritik Mahotsav

  1. Cultural Vibrancy: The Kashi Sansad Sanskritik Mahotsav was organized to strengthen the cultural vibrancy of Varanasi, the holy city. It witnessed the participation of more than 37,000 people across 17 disciplines, showcasing talents such as singing, playing musical instruments, “nukkad natak” (street plays), and various forms of dance and art.

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