BCCI tells Bombay High Court : Sewage water will be used to maintain IPL pitches Mumbai: With the suspicion going over IPL matches whether it will be played in Maharashtra state or not? Now, the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) comes with a unique solution to this staggered problem.
Earlier, the Court seeks the BCCI to arrange a meeting and a take decision on IPL matches to be held in Mumbai.
Now, the IPL Committee has ready to use sewage water for the cricket ground in the IPL after receiving flank from the Bombay High Court over the issue of severe water crisis in Maharashtra and need to shift the IPL matches out of the State.
In replying answer to the court, MCA told that they will used sewage water for ground.
However, the BCCI lawyer said the court that Kings XI Punjab are ready to shift three matches earlier scheduled to be played in Nagpur to Mohali.
According to the reports in media, the BCCI is interested in shifting at least 5 matches out of the state
Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court is ready to hear the government’s stand on the water crisis issue today. A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Lok satta Movement, a NGO and others who have appealed the court to review the use 60 lakh litres of water will be used for maintaining cricket pitches in the three venues that will host the IPL matches in Maharashtra.
The High Court had earlier condemn MCA for the many litres of water it will use to prepare pitches for the world’s richest cricket tournament at a time when larger section of the society is facing a serious danger to drought.
There have been demands on shifting IPL matches out of the Maharashtra due to acute water crisis in the state but now shadows are looking clear and yes Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur – are scheduled to possibly host a total of 20 games.
The final is also scheduled and expected to be held at the Wankhede Stadium on May 29.
Perceived to the growing unrest among NGOs, people from politics and the general public over plans to provide 40 lakh litres of water to Wankhede to help it host IPL matches this summer season even as the state reels under the effect of a severe drought crisis, the MCA president Sharad Pawar requested the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) to help provide water to the historic stadium of cricket from its Sewage Treatment Plant at the Mahalaxmi Race Course.
As now, the racing season is about to end, the RWITC, which uses this water to maintain its racetrack, comes a much to the relief of the MCA and local IPL authorities Mumbai Indians, has agreed to Pawar’s plea.
In a letter to Pawar on Monday (April 11), the RWITC secretary BA Engineer wrote, “Our club has received a request to provide seven-eight tankers of our sewage treated water on a daily basis up to the end of May 2016, to water the MCA’s Wankhede Stadium. We can supply this water so that acute water crisis can be overcome to enable you to conduct your cricket matches. The charges will be decided at a later date.”
Hopes, this masterstroke played by NCP Chief Sharad Pawar will help the MCA and other authorities to conduct IPL matches in the Maharashtra and meanwhile it can’t cost the life of farmers in the state.