Meerut : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone of ‘Major Dhyan Chand Sports University’, the first sports university of Uttar Pradesh, in Meerut. The Prime Minister, who is on his first visit to Uttar Pradesh in the new year, laid the foundation stone of Major Dhyan Chand Sports University in Salwa area of Meerut.
Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were also present on the occasion. A spokesperson of the state government said that Major Dhyan Chand Sports University with world-class state-of-the-art facilities will be built in an area of 91.38 acres and its construction is estimated to cost Rs 700 crore. In this university, 1,080 players can be trained simultaneously. In this, apart from various courses in sports, sports science and sports technology, training and research work will also be conducted. Before laying the foundation stone of the university, the Prime Minister interacted with the players present at the venue. Apart from this, he visited the exhibition of sports products and also saw the model of Major Dhyan Chand Sports University.
PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mangal Pandey-
Earlier, Modi visited the Kali Paltan temple in Meerut and offered prayers there. After this, he paid homage to the martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in the Shaheed Smarak Bhawan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid floral tributes at the statue of Mangal Pandey, the hero of the first freedom struggle of 1857, here on Sunday. Pandey was an infantryman in the 34th Bengal Native Infantry (BNI) regiment of the British East India Company. He revolted against the British in 1857. Modi also visited the museum located at the Shaheed Memorial. The Prime Minister arrived at the Martyrs Memorial after offering prayers at the Aughadnath Temple here and paid homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country. Modi along with Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered prayers and circumambulated the temple. Located in Meerut Cantonment, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Indian soldiers were called Kali Paltan during the British rule. Indian soldiers used to live around this temple and due to this the temple came to be called as Kali Paltan Temple.
It is said that during the British rule Indian soldiers used to come to the Aughadnath temple to drink water, but the priests of the temple opposed the Indian soldiers drinking water from the well in the temple, as the cartridges they used contained them. Cow fat was found. After this, the flames of rebellion broke out among the Indian soldiers against the British rule from here and the revolution of 1857 started. The Prime Minister reached Meerut by road instead of by air due to bad weather.