The Maharashtra government does not have any objection to Indian Premier League cricket matches being shifted out of Maharashtra due to drought, said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday.
Devendra Fadnavis told the media, “Water is more important for us than cricket. So, even if the cricket matches are shifted out of Maharashtra, I don’t mind,” he said. He also ruled out supply of potable water to cricket stadiums in Maharashtra. “Our government has taken a strong position in High Court. We said we will not provide potable water for IPL matches.”
Devendra Fadnavis statement is in the wake of ongoing hearing of a petition in Bombay High Court on moving the IPL matches outside the state due to drought in Maharashtra. On Thursday, the court had refused to stay first IPL match at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium to be held on today as the petition was filed too late to decide on the subject. The petitioner said that 60,000 liters of water was being used per day to maintain the ground and pitch at the three stadiums in Maharashtra.
The IPL tournament first match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants to be played at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. A total of 20 matches will be played in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. The finals of the tournament scheduled on May 29 will also be held at the Wankhede Stadium.
Maharashtra CM @Dev_Fadnavis: We have no problem if IPL moves out of the state, but won't give potable water for the matches.
— Chowkidar Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) April 8, 2016
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.
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