Maharashtra’s drought and IPL: Hearing begins in Bombay High Court

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The Bombay High Court on Thursday will decide if matches of the Indian Premier League will be moved out of Maharashtra because of the prevalent drought in the state.

IPL is scheduled set to begin tomorrow with a glitzy opening ceremony in Mumbai. Cricket will begin on Saturday and 20 matches have been scheduled in three Maharashtra cities – Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.

The court on Wednesday, according to NDTV, had reprimanded the Maharashtra Cricket Association or MCA saying, “How can you waste water like this? Are people more important or IPL? How can you be so careless.” It had also suggested shifting of IPL matches out of Maharashtra.

The hearing has begun and here are the highlights:

  • Bombay HC says first match of IPL to be held at Wankhede stadium on 9 April
  • Judge asks MCA lawyer: Give priority to the game and let people die, people are dying and you want to maintain pitches?
  • MCA Lawyer: So during IPL we need less water as on match days we can’t use water as we have to keep pitches dry
  • MCA Lawyer: Around 50 thousand litres of water is used for maintaining the pitches but when we have matches we don’t use water for pitches.
  • MCA Lawyer: Don’t want water just for IPL, every international pitch is to maintained at all times. Water used by us is not drinkable water. The water we use is just for watering the ground and sanitation purpose.
  • Petitioner’s lawyer Arshil Shah: They (IPL) are just mentioning the amount of water they are using but not disclosing the source of water
  • Lawyer says “many places in Mumbai not getting water, so it is not right to hold IPL in Mumbai or other parts of Maharashtra”
  • Petitioner’s lawyer argues that “monsoon is 12 weeks away, in Latur and Parbhani situation is so bad that Section 144 is imposed”

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