IPL can’t use potable wa­ter for grounds in state, says Fad­navis

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The state won’t al­low or­gan­is­ers of the In­dian Premier League (IPL) to use potable wa­ter to main­tain grounds and pitches in Ma­ha­rash­tra, chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis said on Fri­day, adding his gov­ern­ment will not ob­ject if the matches are moved out of the state.

The CM’s state­ment comes days af­ter the Bom­bay high court, while hear­ing a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion, termed as “crim­i­nal wastage” the use of wa­ter to main­tain cricket pitches for IPL when the state is reel­ing un­der se­vere wa­ter crisis.

While the HC has al­lowed Mum­bai to host the in­au­gu­ral match on April 9, it has kept hang­ing in the bal­ance till April 12 the fate of 19 other ties to be held across droughthit Ma­ha­rash­tra — in Mum­bai, Pune and Nag­pur. It also rep­ri­manded the state for wast­ing wa­ter on play­grounds at a time when “peo­ple are dy­ing”.

“We have no prob­lem if the or­gan­is­ers de­cide to move the tour­na­ment out of the state. Even if they con­tinue to hold the matches here in Ma­ha­rash­tra, they will not be al­lowed to use potable wa­ter,” he said.

The PIL chal­lenges the use of lakhs of litres of wa­ter for grounds, when many parts of the state is fac­ing drought.

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