In what could be a big blow to the IPL, the Bombay HC today questioned the wastage of water during IPL matches, some of which will be held in drought-hit Maharashtra. The Court was answering the PIL seeking a direction to the IPL chairman to pay taxes on the water-usage for the stadium grounds.
The Indian Premier League matches which are scheduled to be held in Maharashtra, are facing uncertainty after the Bombay High Court questioned the wastage of water during IPL matches in the drought-hit state. On Wednesday, the Court answering a Public Interest Litigation, which sought a direction to the IPL chairman to pay tax on the usage of water, asked whether water should be conserved in such testing times or rather be wasted in IPL matches.
The cricket governing body argued that the water used for watering the pitches are purchased and are suitable for drinking.
The Bombay High Court’s criticism of the IPL matches comes a day after IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla ruled out the shifting of matches from the drought-hit state.
“As far as the question of drought, water is concerned, we are
“If the Maharashtra government brings a proposal, then the BCCI president, all of us will think in what way we can help the farmers, and I, through my MPLAD fund, am going to personally adopt some
Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur are the three cities in Maharashtra, which are scheduled to host the IPL matches. Defending champions Mumbai Indians are scheduled to play their home matches at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, while newcomers Rising Pune Supergiants, led by M S Dhoni, will play their matches at the MCA stadium in Pune.