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Darshit Shah, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
The Bombay high court has ordered the BCCI and Mumbai Cricket association to move the IPL matches scheduled in the three cities of Maharashtra – Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur, to shift out of Maharashtra where there is no water crisis. Reacting to the petition filed over wastage of water for watering cricket grounds in drought-hit Maharashtra, the HC has asked the Cricketing body “How can you waste water like this? People are more important or your IPL matches?”
When an estimate of 60lakh liters of water is used to water the fields, the court is judicious in giving out ruling to shift matches outside Maharashtra. However, one would be sceptic about the astuteness and discrimination of the court on overlooking the other aspects of wastage of water. Though in the recent past the court has rightfully banned the wastage of water for various events, it could have also passed laws making mandatory water harvesting or the implementation of techniques where water is used economically – as the drip irrigation system. Water is also being used to maintain golf courts in the private farm houses of ministers, expansive lawns of Hotels and others, which seems to have missed the eye of the court.
Hence instead of achieving 2-3 three instances of helping the state to fight the drought condition, the HC and the government has a whole need to find out a holistic approach that would aid the state for years to come.