STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Bombay HC Poses Uncomfortable Questions to BCCI on IPL Matches

The court was hearing a PILchallenging the use of large quantities of water by stadiums for the IPL matches.

Published: 12th April 2016 11:15 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th April 2016 11:16 PM   |  A+A-

drought_EPS

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday posed some uncomfortable questions to the BCCI on whether Indan Premier League matches should be played in Maharashtra in view of the grim water situation in large parts of the state.

A division bench of Justice V.M. Kanade and Justice M.S. Karnik asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) whether it could shift the matches scheduled in Pune, how it would contribute to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund and if it was ready to supply the same quantity of water to parched villages in Pune district as it had done for the Indian Premier League matches.

BCCI counsel Rafiq Dada informed the high court that it had supplied four million litres of water per day to various cricket stadia for the IPL matches so far and also tied up with the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) to procure treated sewage for matches to be played in Mumbai and Pune.

IPL franchise King XI Punjab is ready to shift the three matches from Nagpur to Mohali or anywhere as per the court directions, Dada said.

Dada said that seven-eight water tankers of treated sewage would be supplied daily to the stadium and called for use of treated sewage which otherwise flows into the sea and thus goes waste.

The judges asked the RWITC to give an undertaking whether it would supply water for the IPL matches scheduled in Pune.

The current IPL season was inaugurated on April 9 in Mumbai with a match. Eight more matches are scheduled to be held in Mumbai, nine in Pune and three in Nagpur.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by non-governmental organisation Loksatta Movement, challenging the use of large quantities of water by stadiums for the IPL matches when the state was in the grip of severe drought conditions.

The matter will come up for further hearing on Wednesday.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp