IPL and water management – a song of ice and fire

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurav Prakash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Over the past six years, IPL has always been in the news because of the various reasons. Be it about individual heroics or be it about polluting the sanctity of the games. But, still IPL continued to overwhelm the crowd with amazing performances, heroics, star casts and riveting competitions. A spark that was ploughed by McCulum with his sparkling 158 against RCB had already given the glimpse of how the IPL is going to be the inroad to modern world cricket.

However brutal it seemed still it provided an opportunity to cheer and celebrate for your side. And amidst all this celebration and fun there were some flashes of new controversies about whether the matches would be held in the Mumbai because of the water crisis in the Maharashtra region.  A bit harsh in my revelation; how about allowing 20,000 people from your state sit in your stadium who are consuming packaged water by paying for it contributing towards the water crisis in your state. However, they are contributing in adding to your state tax which will help you to buy necessities for the residents of your state. And if you were so sure that the crisis may strike what were your best counter measures? To stop an IPL match, ban all public gathering because we are short of water. A fascinating idea to hold on to.

The concept of IPL has not only proved the boom for BCCI who has been bathing over the riches but it has also increased traffic of foreign commute within the country. I remember an incident where I was watching a match in Mumbai cheering for RCB when few foreigners called me and told that they travelled all the way from Africa to watch ABD play. Such is the passion of the fans who have travelled 100 of miles to see their star icon play for these clubs.

That fan was not here to waste water, he was only there to purchase and drink it.So, the ball’s in your court before coming forward and taking any hasty decision consider the implications it will have on your economy and is it worth to blame the monsoon over the club matches, or to be more direct whether IPL has affected your unpreparedness over this longing water crisis. Be wise and rise to always make a correct choice.

Thanks!

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