Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Tuesday asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) whether it could shift Indian Premier League (IPL) matches out of Pune in view of the grim water crisis in Maharashtra even as the cricket board said it would procure treated sewage water for maintenance of pitches in Mumbai and Pune.
A bench of justices V.M. Kanade and M.S. Karnik, hearing a public interest litigation by non-governmental organization Loksatta Movement challenging use of large quantities of water in stadiums at a time when the state was reeling under severe drought conditions, asked the BCCI to respond to this on Wednesday.
The judges also asked the board whether it can contribute 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.