200 clubs in city still get 2 MLD of drinking water
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
The ground at Prabodhan Kridabhavan at Goregaon (West) being watered.