The Bombay high court on Wednesday termed as “criminal wastage” the use of water in stadia to maintain cricket pitches for the Indian Premier League (IPL) when Maharashtra is facing a drought-like situation.
The court made the observation while hearing a PIL filed by a former journalist demanding a penalty from the tournament organisers to meet the expenses of delivering water to drought-affected areas.
The ninth edition of the cash-rich but controversy-ridden T20 tournament is scheduled to be held from April 9 to May 29 in different venues across the country. Nineteen IPL matches are slated to be played at Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur.
The court asked the state government “if cricket matches are more important than people” adding, “Using water to maintain cricket pitches for IPL while there is water shortage in Maharashtra is a criminal wastage.”
The court also said that “ideally, the venue should be changed”.
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