Won’t provide potable water for IPL, no issue if matches are shifted elsewhere: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
Mumbai: Under fire over heavy water usage for Indian Premier League, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said that he will not provide potable water for IPL even if it results in matches being shifted elsewhere.
"Even if IPL is shifted from Maharashtra this season, we do not have any problem. No potable water will be provided for IPL this season," Devendra Fadnavis told media persons.
His comments came a day after the Bombay High Court refused to grant a stay on the first of the IPL cricket matches scheduled tomorrow.
The court had also sought to know from the state government and the municipal body whether the water supplied to the stadiums in tankers was potable or non-potable.
A city-based NGO had petitioned the court challenging the use of over 60 lakh litres of water to maintain pitches and sought shifting of IPL matches out of the state given the second successive drought it is experiencing.
Altogether 20 matches will be played in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur and all these cities are facing grim water crisis, said the petition.
On two consecutive days, the High Court had come down heavily on the state government, IPL organiser Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and other cricket associations for "criminal wastage of water".
The court had suggested for the IPL matches to be shifted to a state where water is in abundance and had asked "is your cricket match more important than people".
The court was informed by BCCI that they purchase water to maintain the grounds and it is non-potable and cannot be used for drinking purposes.
(With PTI inputs)