Jaipur, April 21: Water crisis issue again haunted the BCCI as the Rajasthan High Court questioned the Rajasthan Government for allowing Indian Premier League matches (IPL) to be held in the state amid water crisis.
The Rajasthan high court on Thursday issued notices to the state government and the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI), asking why Indian Premiere League (IPL) matches should be shifted from Maharashta to Jaipur when Rajasthan itself is facing a water shortage.
Earlier, the HC had ordered the matches scheduled from April 30 onwards to be moved out of drought-hit Maharashtra with BCCI also agreeing expect getting the go ahead to the May 1 match in Pune. The matches were moved to Jaipur after Mumbai Indians opted for Sawai Man Singh Stadium to be their home ground.
The High Court asked why Rajasthan should host IPL matches when the drought situation in the state is worse than Maharashtra. Apart from the state government and BCCI, notices were also issued to Public Health Engineering department (PHED) Water Resources Department, Sports and Youth department and Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) questioning their decision to hold IPL matches in Jaipur. The Rajasthan government has been asked to file its reply by April 27. The court will hear the matter next week.
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in this regard was filed in the Rajasthan High Court by lawyer Mahesh Pareek. The petition said Rajasthan is also facing severe drought like conditions where people are struggling to meet their drinking water requirements in many parts of the city while water trains have been pressed into service in districts like Bhilwara and Rajsamand.
The PIL said that Jaipur city and the SMS stadium come under the dark zone where underground water has depleted sharply but the same underground water is being used for maintaining the SMS stadium where the IPL matches are proposed to be held.