Bombay High Court has recommended the shifting of Indian Premier League games from out of Maharashtra to save water, as parts of the state are suffering from severe drought. Indian Premium League tournament is set to begin from April 9 with the first match to be played in 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 Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

The PIL has challenged the use of nearly 60 lakh liters of water to maintain pitches at three stadiums in the state which will hold IPL matches. The court today asked the Mumbai Cricket Association how much water would be used in Wankhede stadium, to which MCA’s advocate said they would be using over 40 lakh litres water for the seven IPL matches to be held there.

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday said that the use of water for maintaining cricket pitches for Indian Premier League IPL matches was a criminal waste questioning if people are more important than cricket matches. Maharashtra is facing acute shortage of water for the past two decades, right from Mumbai to Vidarbha and Marathwada and the gravity of the situation can be seen by 3,228 farmers’ suicides across the state in 2015.

The Bombay HC will hear the matter on Thursday and will consider if water supplied by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation needs to be restrained to be used for maintenance of the cricket pitches.

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