We Are Using Treated Sewage Water For IPL Matches: BCCI
With the Bombay High Court raising questions, the BCCI on Tuesday said that it would use treated sewage water for ground maintenance for IPL matches in drought-hit Maharashtra.
The high court bench of Justices VM Kanade and MS Karnik was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Loksatta Movement, challenging the use of large quantities of water in stadiums despite the state being drought-hit.
Nine Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches would be played in Pune and eight in Mumbai. Of the eight in Mumbai, one has already been held, the BCCI’s counsel told the court.
Three matches are slated to be held in Nagpur, and IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab has agreed to shift matches to Mohali or elsewhere if the HC tells it, he said.
Every day, 7 to 8 tankers of treated sewage water would be supplied to the stadiums, the BCCI counsel said.
The high court had pulled up the BCCI during the last hearing on the use of large quantities of water for ground maintenance.
The judges asked the government and the municipal corporation to file separate affidavits on Tuesday, stating whether the water supplied to stadiums during the IPL matches was potable or non-potable.
The judges also asked both the authorities to inform whether they had formulated any policy for supply of potable and non-potable water to Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan and other cities in Maharashtra.