Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 26 finally broke his silence on the IPL Row
and questioned the water issue regarding the staging of Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in the drought affected areas.
Modi pointed that cricket grounds need to be watered every day in order to be maintained and it didn’t matter whether a match is being played there or not.
The PM was in Pune at a programme where he added the city to the Smart City Mission.
Talking about the water crisis that the state of Maharashtra is facing, PM Modi said:
Earlier this year there was huge debate on holding few IPL matches in Maharashtra, which witnessed severe drought.
The matches were finally shifted to other cities of the country when the Bombay High Court intervened and ordered the matches to be moved.
Modi pointed out that even after the IPL season is over, “the country” is led to believe “watering (of these stadiums) have also stopped” which is not the case as “grounds have to be watered for 365 days” to maintain its green cover so matches could be played there, even if its “after two years”.
He finished his speech by adding that due to the shifting of the IPL matches, it was Maharashtra which suffered a revenue loss.