In the current drought conditions in Maharashtra, Mumbai’s BJP Secretary Vivekananda Gupta has requested to shift IPL matches out of the state.
He has also started a petition for the same which has gained support of more than 300 people.
In a letter to BCCI president Shashank Manohar, he said that more than 70 lakh litres of water will be required to maintain the grounds for the 19 matches.
A standard cricket field requires a minimum of 80,000 to 1,00,000 litres of water per application and approximately two to three such applications are required per week.
The BJP leader further stated that the state is facing one of its worst droughts in the last century as successive low rainfall has resulted in falling ground water levels.
He questioned, “When our state is affected by drought, will it be wise to waste that much water? This is the time to show sympathy to our ‘annadatta’ (farmer).”
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.