IPL 2018: Bombay High Court asks MCA about water arrangements
The NGO argued in court, that Pune gets water from the Pawana river, the MCA will have to use water from this river to maintain grounds in order to host the matches.
Updated - Apr 13, 2018 9:30 pm
CSK has made a return to the IPL after two years suspension. To the dismay of their fans, their matches were moved out of Chennai due to Cauvery protests in the Tami Nadu state. The home matches of the CSK have been shifted to Pune but there’s yet another controversy that has emerged.
Bombay High Court has issued a notice to MCA regarding the usage of water. They want a reply from MCA on how they will arrange the water for ground maintenance. In the 2016 edition of the IPL, an NGO had filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court regarding the wastage of water in maintaining the grounds, when the state was suffering from drought.
The court decided to shift the matches from Mumbai and Pune. The NGO argued in court, that Pune gets water from the Pawana river, the MCA will have to use water from this river to maintain grounds in order to host the matches in Pune. This ‘wastage’ of water, will have an adverse effect on the drought situation prevailing in the state.
Court has given a deadline of 18th April to the MCA to reply
Sadly, the drought has become a regular occurrence in Maharashtra in the summer months. People have to face severe water shortage in these months while maintaining grounds cost a lot of water. According to a statistics, 65 million litres of water are needed to maintain three grounds in Maharashtra in an IPL season. Hence, the court ordered to move out the matches from the state.
Reason for shifting the match from Chennai
BCCI decided to move out the matches from Chennai due to Cauvery issue. The protestors held massive protests ahead of the CSK’s first home game of the season. They even threw a shoe at Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Hence, BCCI decided that is not safe to host the matches in the city.
The board decided Pune as the alternate venue because CSK captain MS Dhoni played for the franchise based in Pune in the last two seasons, so he is familiar with the conditions there.