BENGALURU: Taking a cue from Mumbai, a city-based priest filed a public interest litigation in the high court seeking directions to BWSSB to check injudicious use of water for Indian Premier League matches by the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) at Chinnaswamy Stadium in the city.
Petitioner Srinivasa Sharma, a resident of Banashankari 3rd Stage, stated that Bengaluru is currently endowed with limited water resources that are under duress and speedily depleting.
“There is an existing injudicious allocation of precious water in the city by BWSSB.
Denying the less fortunate their basic right to access water and the conduct of the BWSSB is being unduly taken advantage by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), IPL and KSCA to shirk their civil and public responsibility in exchange for crass and unconscionable profiteering at the at cost of public interest,” the petition said.
“The BCCI president, IPL Chairman and KSCA president are utilising their financial clout to procure and drain valuable water resources for the conduction of a purely commercial venture such as the IPL,” he claimed. The petition will come up for hearing soon.
Submit Answer Scripts
A division bench of Justice N Kumar and Justice B Veerappa on Monday asked the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) to submit the answer scripts of 91 candidates, who were among the candidates selected as Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ Gazetted Probationers in 1998.
This order was passed while the court was hearing a batch of public interest litigation (PILs) challenging the alleged irregularities that took place in the selection of candidates to the said posts in 1998, 1999 and 2004.
Issue direction to BCCI,
IPL and KSCA to substantiate steps so taken if any as
their imperative social responsibility to the public at large so as to attempt to justify the massive waste of water for IPL.
Issue direction to BWSSB to justify the injudicious allocation of water for IPL at the cost of the public at large.
Ask BWSSB to conduct water audit at KSCA premises to determine the amount of usage of water on daily basis.