The BCCI on Tuesday told Bombay high court that it will use treated sewage water to maintain its pitches for the seventeen IPL matches to be played in Mumbai and Pune.
The cricket board also informed the court that franchise Kings XI Punjab intends to shift all its three matches out of Nagpur. Nine matches are to be played in Pune and eight in Mumbai.
A bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice M S Karnik were informed by senior advocate Rafiq Dada that it requested the Royal Western India Turf Club to provide water from its sewage treatment plant at the Mahalaxmi racecourse.
“We are not going to use tanker,” said Dada, adding , “Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) will provide 7 to 8 tankers of sewage treated water per day.”
Since the government’s affidavit was not ready, the bench posted the matter for 3pm.
The court is hearing a PIL by NGOs Loksatta Movement and Foundation for Democratic Reforms about the “misuse” of lakhs of litres of waters to maintain cricket pitches.
The court had during an earlier hearing lambasted the BCCI for wasting water to prepare pitches for the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament, at a time when several parts of the state, including Thane, are facing an acute shortage.
The court had also directed the state government to commission an inquiry and find out whether water supplied for maintaining pitches for the matches is potable or non-potable.
It had also sought to know what immediate steps the state intends to take to tackle water scarcity and if it will import water from other states.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had made it clear that his government will not provide potable water for IPL matches in the state.
“Our government has taken a strong position in the court. Even if IPL matches are shifted, we have no problem,” Fadnavis had said making his government’s stand clear on the issue of wastage of water for maintaining pitches.
Earlier, the board had got a big relief after the court gave a go ahead to the first match of the ninth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) to be held on April 9 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
However, the court did not decide on the other IPL matches in the state.