Fact Check: Picture of sinkhole shared as world’s first underground cricket stadium in Banaras

A picture of a sinkhole in the middle of the road has gone viral all over social media claiming that it is the world’s first underground cricket stadium is being built in Banaras.

The Facebook caption read, “विश्व का पहला अंडरग्राउंड क्रिकेट स्टेडियम बनारस में बन कर तैयार, वो भी सड़क के बीचों-बीच।।

(English Translation, “The world’s first underground cricket stadium is being built in Banaras, that too in the middle of the road.”)

We found the same picture on Twitter as well with the same claims.

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be FALSE and MISLEADING.

On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found this picture was shared on Twitter by Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) dated July 29, 2017, claiming that it is the picture from Ahemdabad, Gujarat.

Further, we found that the same picture was shared by Sanjay Singh, leader of Aam Aadmi Party dated July 29, 2020, criticising the Modi Government for lack of development.

Interestingly, the same picture had gone viral on social media 2 years back claiming that the world’s first underground cricket stadium is being built in Banaras.

We found this picture in an article on SI NEWS TODAY dated August 2, 2018, claiming that false claims about the picture were circulated all over social media but the truth is that this picture is of the road sinking due to the heavy rainfall in July 2017, which is near Swastik intersection of the city of Ahemdabad.

In conclusion, the picture in question is of the sinkhole after rainfall in July 2017, in Ahemdabad and the claim being made of an underground cricket stadium in Banaras is misleading.

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