Govt seeks MCA response on plea against IPL matches in state
Nineteen IPL matches are slated to be played at Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur between April 9 and May 29mumbai Updated: Apr 06, 2016 00:34 IST
Considering the acute water shortage in Maharashtra, the state government must prioritise the use of available water resources, the Bombay high court (HC) said on Tuesday, seeking response from the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) over a PIL demanding the Indian Premiere League (IPL) cricket matches in the state be cancelled.
Nineteen IPL matches are slated to be played at Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur between April 9 and May 29. The PIL, filed by NGO Loksatta Movement has urged the court to direct the authorities to change the venue of IPL matches that are scheduled to be held in Maharashtra. The petition filed through advocate Ankita Verma claims about 60 lakh litres of water will be used to maintain the pitches and play area in the stadiums. Taking the scarcity of water to drink and for sanitation purposes into account, the authorities must not be allowed to waste water on maintaining cricket grounds and infrastructure for the IPL.
The MCA, meanwhile, told the high court that tickets for the matches have been sold and a huge loss will be incurred if it is forced to cancel the matches. The HC will hear the matter on Wednesday.
A division bench led by justice VM Kanade also directed the state government, the Vidarbha Cricket Association, and municipal bodies of Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur to respond to the PIL.
The petitioners have also submitted that under the Maharashtra State Water policy, the government is supposed to prioritise the distribution and usage of water. Under the policy, usage of water for “recreation and other” purposes is last on the priority list.