NEW DELHI: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday rechristened the ‘Ekana International Cricket Stadium’ as 'Bharat Ratan Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium'.
UP Governor Ram Naik has approved the government proposal to rename the stadium in honour of the late former Prime Minister of India, who passed away in August this year.
The orders were issued by the Principal Secretary (Housing) Nitin Ramesh Gokaran late on Monday.
A state government notice issued by the Housing and Urban Planning Department, Principal Secretary Nitin Ramesh Gokarn reads,
"As per the Article 17.5.1 of the concession agreement between Lucknow Development Authority (LDA), Ekana Sportz City Pvt Ltd and GC Constructions and Development Industries Pvt Ltd, the Governor has accepted the proposal to change the name of the international cricket stadium to Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium situated in Sector 7 of Gomti Nagar Extension."
The second T20 between India and West Indies is going to be the first international match to be played at the cricket stadium in Lucknow on Tuesday.
The stadium, which has a seating capacity of around 50,000, was built during the previous tenure of the Samajwadi Party government.
The state capital has created excitement among the cricket lovers. Both cricket teams arrived in the city on Monday. India thrashed Windies by 5 wickets in the first T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was an Indian politician who served three terms as the Prime Minister of India. The first, for a term of 13 days in 1996, then for a period of 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and finally, for a full term from 1999 to 2004.
He was the first Indian prime minister who was not a member of the Indian National Congress party to have served a full five-year term in office and was a member of the Indian Parliament for over four decades.
His birthday, on December 25, is celebrated as Good Governance Day and he has died at the age of 93.