IPL v/s Water

pune-cricket-pti-mIs water crisis more important or conducting IPL wherein over 1.5Crore Litre of water will be wasted just to grow grass on the field is?

If this is asked to a common intellectual person the answer will be Water Crisis. But when this petition was put with Bombay High Court, the plea was surprisingly addressed to keeping in mind the severity of water crisis in Latur and Majority of Maharashtra. To which BCCI said they will compensate with money. Now i know money has its own mouth and it can shut many mouths with its power, so did the case in this situation. The plea was rejected quoting that the petition was put late to be addressed to and cancelling the IPL in Maharashtra.

The Inaugration took place as scheduled wherein Bollywood actors performed and so did the first match in Wankhede Stadium wherein for the first match 40Lac litre of water was wasted just to grow grass. It seems like growing grass for a match is more important than a person committing suicide due to the crisis caused by acute water shortage.

The next date in court when HC asked Maharashtra government about the situation they said that they will bear all the monetary loss by cancelling the future matches. High Court reverted You Care About Revenue Not People. This was a direct result by a statement a few days ago by, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis he said “it would not bother me” if the IPL is moved out of Maharashtra. Repeating that stand, the government told the court, that is has no objection if matches are cancelled for Maharashtra “even though there is a loss of revenue.”

The Bombay High Court had allowed the debut match of the tournament to be played at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, but has threatened to cancel the remaining 19 matches scheduled for Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.

To prevent that, the Board of Control for Cricket in India or the BCCI reassured judges today that only treated sewage water will be used to prep the venues for the eight cricket matches currently scheduled in Mumbai and nine set for Pune. The court has asked if the Pune games can be moved voluntarily by the organizers.

The judges asked the cash-rich BCCI if it’s willing to donate to the Chief Minister’s drought relief fund.

As the BCCI said it had supplied 40 lakh litres of water to stadiums per day for IPL tournaments so far, the judges asked whether it was ready to supply the same quantity to water-starved villages in and around Pune.During the hearing, the Cricket Board counsel Rafiq Dada informed the bench that BCCI had tied up with Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) to procure treated sewage water for IPL matches to be played in Mumbai and Pune.

Nine Indian Premier League (IPL) matches have been planned in Pune and eight in Mumbai, where the opening match was held on April 9 at Wankhede stadium here, the BCCI’s counsel told the court.

Three matches are slated to be held in Nagpur, and IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab has agreed to shift them to Mohali or elsewhere if the HC tells it, he said.

The bench also asked RWITC to give an undertaking whether it would supply treated sewage water for the ground maintenance in Pune.

The HC had lambasted the BCCI during the last hearing on the use of huge quantities of water for the pitches.

The BCCI Counsel said that after the High Court pulled up the cricket Board for using water in stadiums it has taken the issue very seriously.

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