Bombay High Court rapped the BCCI and cricket associations in Maharashtra and Mumbai over water wastage on Wednesday when the state is reeling under severe drought and said ideally Indian Premier League(IPL) matches should be shifted elsewhere, where there is no water crisis. “Only if water supply to BCCI is cut, you will understand,” the court observed. The court also told the state that ultimately it is the government’s responsibility and duty to do something about this (water wastage) and impose some kind of restraint.
A division bench headed by Justices V M Kanade and M S Karnik, while hearing a PIL filed by NGO ‘Loksatta Movement’, said, “How can you (cricket associations and BCCI) waste water like this. People are more important or your IPL matches? How can you be so careless? Who wastes water like this? This is criminal wastage. You know what the condition is in Maharashtra.”
Keeping the current emergency-like drought situation in mind, take a look at what The Financial Express’ Sunil Jain highlighted in his column, ‘Let’s not piss away agriculture’: