Mumbai: In the wake of the rising outrage over water crises and IPL matches in Maharashtra, the cricket control body, BCCI, has come up with its own solution in a bid to avoid shifting the venue out of Maharashtra.
On Tuesday, BCCI told Bombay High Court that it will use treated sewage water to maintain its pitches for the seventeen matches to be played in Mumbai and Pune, report said.
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As quoted in a report: “In 17 matches of IPL in Mumbai and Pune we will use treated sewage water,” BCCI lawyer informed Bombay high court during hearing on wastage of water during IPL matches in the state.
The cricket board also added 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.
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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 that Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) will provide 7 to 8 tankers of sewage treated water per day.
Meanwhile, 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 said.
Earlier, in the big relief for the board the court gave a nod to go ahead to the opening contest of ninth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) to be held on April 9 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
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