Bombay High Court questioned BCCI and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) over waste wastage that would happen during the IPL matches to be played in the state.
19 IPL matches are slated to be played at Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur between April 9 and May 29. The final match of the tournament is to be held at Wankhede Stadium here on May 29.
The court, while hearing a PIL filed by an NGO, said:
“How can you (cricket associations and BCCI) waste water like this. People are more important or your IPL matches? How can you be so careless? Who wastes water like this? This is criminal wastage. You know what the condition is in Maharashtra.”
The state is facing one of the worst water crisis and more than 40 lakh litres of water would be required to maintain pitches.
However, the Maharashtra Cricket Association argued that it purchases water for that use and also, the water is non-potable. To which, a division bench headed by Justices V.M. Kanade and M.S. Karnik, said:
“Only if water supply to BCCI is cut will you understand.”
Further, the court suggested to shift IPL matches to be held in Maharashtra to other states which do not face a shortage of water.
Also, it ordered the state government to act against wastage of water and inform the court about the steps it plans to take.
Few days back, Mumbai’s BJP Secretary Vivekananda Gupta also requested BCCI to shift IPL matches out of the state. This year’s IPL matches begin from April 9.