Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis made this clear on Friday.
“You (state) are dealing with people at large…animals have died, cattle have died, people are dying and you want to maintain pitches and grounds?”
Maharashtra is facing a severe drought crisis which has forced many farmers to commit suicide. The government has been scathingly criticised for its handling of the crisis.
Of the matches to be played in IPL this year, 20 will be held in Maharashtra, including both the opening and the final match both of which will be played at Wankhede. According to officials, 40-60 lakh litres of water will be used for the matches.
The court termed the use of water for the pitches as “criminal wastage”.
But the IPL organisers claim that the water that is being used for the maintenance of the ground and the pitches are not drinkable. The court will now look into the claim.