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BCCI offers to use treated sewage water for IPL matches

The BCCI told Bombay High Court that it will use treated sewage water to maintain its pitches for the IPL matches that are to be played in Mumbai and Pune.

The cricket board also informed the court that Kings XI Punjab will shift its three matches out of Nagpur. Nine matches are to be played in Pune and eight in Mumbai.

With the Bombay High Court raising doubts, the BCCI said that it will procure treated sewage water for ground maintenance for IPL matches in drought-hit Maharashtra. 

BCCI counsel Rafiq Dada was quoted,

We have tied-up with Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) to procure treated sewage water for the IPL matches to be played in Pune and Mumbai.

The court is hearing a PIL by NGOs Loksatta Movement and Foundation for Democratic Reforms about the "misuse" of lakhs of litres of waters to maintain cricket pitches.

A few days ago, the Bombay HC had ordered the BCCI to come up with a solution to avoid the wastage of water used in maintaining pitches.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had made it clear that his government will not provide potable water for IPL matches in the state. "Our government has taken a strong position in the court. Even if IPL matches are shifted, we have no problem," Fadnavis had said making his government's stand clear on the issue of wastage of water for maintaining pitches.



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