200 clubs in city still get 2 MLD of drink­ing wa­ter

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Chetna Yerunkar chetna.yerunkar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: While most of the In­dian Pre­mier League ( IPL) matches will have to be moved out of Ma­ha­rash­tra next month to save on wa­ter used for the grounds, there are more than 200 clubs and gymkhanas in the city that are still be­ing sup­plied with at least two to four mil­lion litres of potable wa­ter ev­ery day. These in­clude sports clubs, recre­ation clubs and gymkhanas.

After the re­cent con­tro­versy over the use of wa­ter to main­tain pitches dur­ing the IPL, ques­tions are be­ing raised about the sup­ply of potable wa­ter to clubs and gymkhanas in the city, es­pe­cially with the wa­ter short­age in the city. While res­i­den­tial users have been com­plain­ing about the short­age and the civic body, too, has iden­ti­fied 130 pock­ets such in the city, the clubs and gymkhanas are be­ing sup­plied the same amount of wa­ter as Wankhede sta­dium.

Even after the BMC im­posed a 50% cut in wa­ter sup­ply for com­mer­cial users in Au­gust, each club is sup­plied an av­er­age of 10,000- 20,000 litres of potable wa­ter ev­ery day. What’s worse, the civic body has no way to find out how the wa­ter sup­plied to these clubs is used. CON­TIN­UED ON P11

VIDYA SUBRA­MA­NIAN/ HT

The ground at Pra­bod­han Krid­ab­ha­van at Gore­gaon (West) be­ing wa­tered.

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