The Great Water, IPL Camouflage
Hark the sound bites and the column-centimetres on the great water-IPL issue. It is to camouflage the real waterguzzling syndicate: the sugar industry. Maharashtra ranks second after UP in sugar production: this year’s estimate is 8.6 million tonnes. Or, 8.6 billion kg. Now, 1 kg of sugar requires 1,500 litres of water. Multiply the two and you get just a little under 1.3 trillion litres of water! Now do the arithmetic. At 100 litres per individual, this water can be supplied to 13 billion people — or, 10 times India’s population — for a day. Or, entire India for 10 days. Or, Maharashtra for 240 days. And this is only Maharashtra — India produces 26 million tonnes of sugar, or three times Maharashtra’s sugar production. Now calculate the annual national water guzzling.
How does this industry get away with this daylight theft? Because it is owned by the likes of the Pawars that be. And many of them were/are in the BCCI, IPL, etc. So why blame a harmless event of just one game? Egypt has cut sugar output to save water for rice and pulses that the poor need. And they also get enough water. The rich have to pay for the luxury of a sweet tooth. Can we have discussions and editorials on this little bit of arithmetic with a lot of zeroes?