Mumbai: The first IPL match will be played in Mumbai on April 9, and the Wankhede Stadium would get 22,000 million litres of water as scheduled from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
A division bench of Justice V.M. Kanade and Justice M.S. Karnik refused to stay the match while hearing a PIL filed by two Hyderabad NGOs, Loksatta Movement and Foundation of Democratic Reforms, seeking to shift IPL matches out of Maharashtra in view of the acute shortage of water and an expected huge amount of water to be wasted during IPL.
It, however, slammed the Maharashtra government, saying: “You (state) are dealing with people at large.... animals have died, cattle have died, people are dying and you want to mainta-in pitches and grounds.”
The bench asked acting advocate general Rohit Deo to inform the court on April 12 if the water supplied to the stadiums in tankers was potable and if it has other resources of water....