To strengthen the sports ecosystem and encourage youngsters, the UP state government is working on the construction of 35 stadiums while two more are in the pipeline. Out of these, 18 are being constructed by the Yuva Kalyan and Prantiya Raksha Dal Department under Khelo India initiative.
A government spokesperson said out of those being constructed under directions of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, one each is being constructed in Ayodhya, Hardoi, Kanpur Dehat, Gorakhpur, Kaushambi, Agra, Banda, Pratapgarh, Bijnor, Hathras, Prayagraj, Kushinagar, Gonda, Banda, Badaun and Mirzapur. Two stadiums each are been constructed in Unnao and Hamirpur.
Those coming up under Khelo India are being constructed in Sonebhdra, Meerut, Lucknow, Maharajganj, Farukkhabad, Etah, Muradabad, Mainpuri, Basti, Kanpur Nagar, Mirzapur, Barabanki, Kannauj, Pilibhit, and Aligarh. Three of them are being built in Pratapgarh.
Other than these, multipurpose halls and sports grounds will also be built across the state. These halls will be equipped for all kinds of indoor games like badminton, volleyball, wrestling, kabbadi and weightlifting. Tracks and playgrounds will also be constructed.