Mumbai: With just two days to go for its sixth season, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is already surrounded by controversies. Maharashtra Opposition leader Vinod Tawde has objected to the use of water in stadiums in the drought-hit state.
Tawde argues that pitch maintenance in these stadiums will consume 60,000 litres of water every day. "As per my knowledge, 60,000 litres of water would be used to maintain a cricket ground every day. Thus, during the entire season of IPL matches spread over 36 days (from April 9 to May 15 in Maharashtra), 21.6 lakh litre water will be used for a single ground," Tawde said in a letter to IPL chief Rajeev Shukla.
While acknowledging that the IPL matches would help the state government earn some revenue, he asked whether it would be appropriate to waste so much water on organising IPL matches when several parts of Maharashtra were facing drought. "Taking into consideration the plight of the drought-affected people, I hope that you will take an appropriate decision on holding the IPL tournament(in the state)," the BJP leader said.
There will be in all 16 IPL matches scheduled to be held at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai and Sahara stadium in Pune over the next few weeks.
But that's not all as non-payment of dues is still haunting Kingfisher employees. They have decided to protest before Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli on Monday. The Royal Challengers is owned by Kingfisher Chairman Vijay Mallya.
(With additional information from PTI)