L&T Construction has been awarded a contract to build a new 30,000-capacity cricket stadium in the Indian city of Varanasi.
The company has secured an order from the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association on a design and build turnkey basis. The contract includes the construction of a pitch that meets International Cricket Council standards, a display scoreboard, floodlights, corporate boxes and VIP lounges.
L&T Construction will also fit the stadium with office areas, broadcast suites, press conference areas, kitchen and dining areas, and a practice facility. The total site will span 30.67 acres.
Additionally, the scope of work involves finishes and allied mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services, along with external development within the site premises.
Plans for the stadium developed in March as the proposed site was approved by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which is providing financial backing for the project.
It came after the State of Uttar Pradesh initially paved the way for the project in May 2022 by making budgetary provision to purchase a parcel of land around 15 kilometres from the city at Gunjari village in Raja Talab Tehsil. It is hoped the stadium could open by the end of 2024.
Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Uttar Pradesh has two other international stadiums in the form of Kanpur’s Green Park and Lucknow’s Ekana Stadium, but the proposed new facility will be the first in the Purvanchal region.
India will host the Cricket World Cup from October 5 to November 19. The final will take place at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.