IPL matches had to be shifted out of Maharashtra because of drought conditions.
PM Narendra Modi also has question that why IPL Matches shifted from Maharashtra due to drought Issues. He said that, He observed that all grounds required water everyday. Whether Match was playing or not.
PM said that in Pune where he made these observations. Maharashtra was reeling under drought during this years’ IPL and many matches which were scheduled to be held in Mumbai and Pune had to be shifted.
“There is water crisis today…Sometimes, our media people distort the things way too much, and we cannot even play cricket. Wherever there is a stadium…Whether a cricket match is held or not, the ground needs to be watered 365 days (of the year),” Modi said.
During IPL so many controversy surrounded as First Maharashtra Government PILs in Bombay High court for drought issues and then BCCI also PILs in the Supreme Court for same issue.
In the end Matches was shifted from Maharashtra to Vizag, Vishakhapatnam.
“They (grounds) have to be watered for 365 days, that’s how the green cover remains…Otherwise, there will be no game in the stadium even after two years…Don’t know where (they) bring this new philosophy. Due to the shifting of matches, Maharashtra had to bear a (revenue) loss” the Prime Minister added.
“We see no merits in the contention raised,” a bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur had observed, dismissing the Mumbai Cricket Association and Maharashtra Cricket Association’s appeals against the high court order.
In their plea, cricket associations said they will not waste drinking water or say daily used water and they also said that they will use sewage water to maintain cricket pitches. But Court not accepted their proposals.