MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday ordered that 13 IPL matches scheduled after April 30 must be shifted outside Maharashtra due to water scarcity in the state.
The bench was hearing a PIL by NGO Loksatta Movement challenging use of large quantities of water in stadiums at a time when the state was reeling under severe drought conditions.
The BCCI told court today that it will not be feasible to shift IPL matches out of Pune and that franchises of Mumbai and Pune teams are willing to contribute Rs five crore towards the Chief Minister's drought relief fund.
The court, however, said, that it could not afford to ignore the plight of people affected by the drought. and ordered the matches to be shifted out. The matches scheduled until April 30 can, however, be held in the state, the court said. Five matches will be played in Maharashtra this month.
The 13 matches that will move out include six to be played in Pune, four in Mumbai and three in Nagpur.
(with inputs from PTI, IANS)