Mumbai: Amid worsening drought situation in Maharashtra, the Board of Control for Cricket on Tuesday assured Bombay High Court that sewage treated water would be supplied to stadiums in Mumbai and Pune for maintaining pitches during Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.
During the hearing on the PIL, the BCCI lawyer informed the court that 17 matches of IPL in Mumbai and Pune they will use recycled water.
MCA in its affidavit also said that recycled sewage water provided by RWITC will be use and this supply of water by would be sufficient for them to maintain pitches, reported ANI.
Meanwhile, the Court has asked petitioners to make Vidarbha Cricket Association & Kings XI Punjab as parties in the matter. Petitioners to reply by 3 pm today.
The Bombay High Court which allowed the first match of the 9th edition of IPL at Wankhede stadium, had last week suggested that in the present condition when the state is facing a drought-like situation, the Indian Premier League tournament, which begins from April 9, be moved out to another state where there is sufficient water.
The observation was made during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation filed by an NGO, Loksatta Movement, seeking directions to the government to move NGO, Loksatta Movement, seeking directions to the government to move IPL outside Maharashtra.
Faced with criticism over large quantity of water usage for pitches for IPL, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had on Friday said Maharashtra is fine with the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches being shifted out of the state, but will not provide potable water for maintaining cricket grounds.