Mumbai: While Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vinod Tawde has objected to the use of water for stadiums during the Indian premier League, the Nationalist Congress Party has backed the matches. NCP backed the IPL saying that Mumbai and Pune, where the matches will be held, face no water shortage.
"We have to use water to maintain the grounds whether matches happen or not. The IPL brings in revenue. People who oppose the IPL are just indulging in politics and blocking the much-needed revenue," NCP leader Nawab Malick added.
Earlier, Tawde argued 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.
(With additional information from PTI)