Nagpur/Mumbai: Bad news for all cricket lovers in and around Nagpur who were hoping to enjoy the IPL matches in the city. The cricket buffs will not able to rejoice the same as the Bombay High Court has asked Board of Control for Cricket in India to shift all IPL matches out of drought-hit Maharashra.
The reason – the matches require 60,000 litres of water a day to maintain the pitches which would be a waste considering the alarming drought situation. IPL was scheduled from Saturday in Mumbai itself where Mumbai Indians were about to take on débutants Rising Pune SuperGiants. This apart IPL matches were also scheduled in Nagpur and Pune.
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in Bombay High Court on Tuesday sought a direction to the IPL chairman to pay tax on usage of water. However the court said water should be conserved and not wasted for IPL matches. The association argued that it purchases water for its use and also that this water is non-potable or water you cannot drink.
“Only if water supply to BCCI is cut will you understand,” said the High Court, suggesting that IPL matches be shifted to other states which do not face a shortage of water.