The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), the Maharasthra state government has suggested the BCCI to shift the scheduled IPL games out of the state. As per Mumbai BJP Secretary Vivekananda Gupta, owing to the extreme drought in regions of Maharashtra, it wouldn’t be appropriate for the state to host IPL games. As many as 3 cities in Maharashtra are scheduled to host a total of 19 games for the upcoming edition of the IPL. The three cities are Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, with Mumbai also hosting the final.
“Rainfall in last two years in Marathwada and Vidharbha region was the lowest. Successive low rainfall has resulted in falling ground water levels, which has impacted 90 lakh farmers in the state,” Gupta mentioned in his letter to the BCCI.
“When our state is affected by drought, will it be wise to waste 70 lakh litres of water? Even Mumbai faces acute water shortage. This is the time to show sympathy to our ‘annadatta’ (farmer). I hope you will support and sympathise with our farmers and shift the venue of IPL matches to other states,” Gupta said.
In his letter, Gupta mentioned that a standard cricket field requires a minimum of 80,000 to 1,00,000 litres of water per application. On a weekly basis, roughly two to three applications which tally anywhere between 1,60,000 to 3,00,000 litres of water are needed to maintain the turf and repair the damaged areas. In all, more than 70 lakh litres of water will be needed for the 19 games to be held in the three cities of Maharashtra.