The Bombay High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Maharashtra Cricket Association seeking their response on a PIL alleging a violation of noise pollution norms during IPL matches.
The Public Litigation Interest (PIL) is filed by Kapil Soni in 2014 alleging that during the IPL matches in 2013 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium and Pune’s MCA Stadium, the noise pollution norms and regulations were violated and thus legal action should be taken against BCCI and MCA and a heavy penalty should be imposed.
A division of bench of justices A.S. Oka and A.A. Sayed issued a notice to BCCI and MCA and posted the PIL for further hearing on September 16. According to the petition, during the IPL in 2013, the matches held in Pune and Mumbai began at 8 in the evening and ran until midnight and sometime late right including prize distribution ceremony.
“Loudspeakers were being used and loud music was being played during the matches even after the prescribed time deadline and thus violated provisions of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Act. Legal action should be initiated against the BCCI and MCA and a cost of Rs 100 crore should be levied on BCCI,” the petition claimed.
In 2016 IPL matches were shifted to Vizag after a protest against the IPL as the entire state was facing the problem the drought.
To make batting friendly pitches at Wankhede, MCA needed to use 1000 liters of water, so, when people are finding difficult to run their daily life a match in Mumbai in the time of drought is inhumane.
Mumbai High Court asked BCCI and MCA to shift matches to other states as a result Maharashtra lost 100 cores.
Maharashtra has two IPL teams – Mumbai Indians and Pune Supergiants. Both the teams failed to make an impression in the 2016 IPL.
IPL, meanwhile, every year makes to the news for wrong reasons.
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