Treated sewage water will be utilised to water the venues for cricket matches to be held in Mumbai and Pune during the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, judges were told on 12 April by the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Mumbai Cricket Association.
The court was told that seven to eight tankers of water will be provided daily to maintain the pitch at Wankhede by the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC), which runs Mahalaxmi racecourse.
The Bombay High Court was hearing the PIL filed by an NGO Loksatta Movement against the IPL in view of severe drought in Maharashtra. The NGO had said approximately 60 lakh litres of water will be used for pitch maintenance.
Though it has allowed the debut IPL-9 tie to be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the court has said the rest of the 19 matches may be shifted out of the state.
It may be noted around 20 matches will be played in Nagpur, Pune and Mumbai. The IPL final match will also be played in Mumbai on 29 May.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has said no drinking water or water fit for human consumption will be allowed to be used. He added I won’t be bothered if the IPL matches are moved from Maharashtra. On 12 April, the state government will provide the court with a report on how it’s tackling the drought.