Coming down heavily on the Maharashtra Cricket Board for wasting thousands of litres of precious water for IPL matches, scheduled to begin from April 9, the Bombay High Court has asked the Board to explain whether IPL is important or the people’s needs. “Severe drought conditions have been prevailing in several parts of the state and How can you waste water like this? Are people more important or IPL? How can you be so careless,” the court said while hearing a petition which sought advising the MCA to postpone or cancel IPL matches.
The Maharashtra Cricket Association has argued that it purchases water for its use and also that this water is non-potable or water you cannot drink.
“Only if water supply to BCCI is cut will you understand,” said the High Court, suggesting that IPL matches to be held in Maharashtra be shifted to other states which do not face a shortage of water.
It also ordered the state government to act against waste of water and inform it of the steps it plans to take.