IPL 2016: Know the man who forced IPL out of drought-hit Maharashtra

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IPL 2016: Know the man who forced IPL out of drought-hit Maharashtra 

IPL 2016: Know the man who forced IPL out of drought-hit Maharashtra

Indian Premier League matches finally shifted from Maharashtra to three other Indian cities- Visakhapatnam, Indore and Kanpur- of three different state. We all know Bombay High Court’s verdict forced BCCI and IPL governing council to shift the matches to other states. But, the man, who filed the Public  Interest Litigation for the drought-hit people of Maharashtra, who is he?

Surendra Srivastava is a cricket fan himself but he was never ready to put it above the interest of most needy people of Maharashtra. People of Maharashtra at a time when facing a stern time  because of drought the stadiums in the region were using water by lakhs of litres for the IPL.

The situations forced Srivastava, who heads the NGEO Loksatta Movement, to move the court in an effort bring it to notice and find a solution to the issue.

He filed the PIL, and at the end of several days of hearing, the Bombay High Court ordered matches scheduled from April 30 onward to be moved out  of Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.

The PIL filed by the Foundation for Democratic Reforms and Loksatta Movement highlighted that the above three venues were consuming 60 lakh litres of water top maintain the respective pitches.

But, Srivastava was a little surprised as well after the court’s order, as he told the daily.

“We were only hoping to find solutions to the water scarcity problems,” he said talking to the newspaper.

Srivastava, who lives in Thane, said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appeal moved his residential society to do something about the worsening water situation.

“For the last two to three months, our society in Lalbaug has been dependent on tanker water. Several other members of the NGO who live in Thane were only getting water supply twice or thrice in a week.

“Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was appealing to people to play a dry Holi and this prompted us to think of seeking restraint on playing IPL in the state so that the water thus saved could be used to meet the water needs of people,” he said.

Srivastava said he loves the game, but this time, it was a question of “priorities”.

“When you read about people in areas like Latur having to survive without water, you tend to question priorities. I have nothing against the game. In fact, I love cricket and have played corporate cricket myself,” he told The Indian Express.

All of the 64 lakh litres of water that would have been consumed by the three cricket grounds will now, according to the court’s directions to the BCCI and state cricket boards, have to be supplied to the court-nominated villages in Maharashtra.

The PIL next comes up for hearing on May 2.

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