IPL or No IPL- Will it solve the crisis?

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 Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced.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.

Gourav Bhattacharjee, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The Bombay High Court had sought an explanation from the BCCI and the three state associations in Maharashtra on why water should be “wasted” on hosting IPL 2016 matches when the state is facing one of its worst-ever droughts. The state is reeling under a drought and acute water shortage as levels in dams and lakes have gone down. The high court had already taken suo-motu cognisance of the drought situation leading to suicides by farmers across the state.

The IPL tournament is set to begin from April 9 with the first match to be played in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. A total of 20 matches will be played in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. The finals of the tournament scheduled on May 29 will also be held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The pitch maintenance in stadiums will approximately consume 60,000 litres of water every day. If we go through past statistics, 65 lakh litres water will be used through out the tournament by the organizers in the state of Maharashtra.

The state government and IPL organizer tried their level best to save IPL and not let the money churning matches be given to other venues. They stated that the water used to maintain the  pitch were treated sewage water and are not portable water (inedible for consumption). They even stated that the amount of water used by them were much lesser than that required by the farmers. But all their efforts went in waste. Bombay HC allowed the organizer to conduct only 13 match out of the scheduled 20 matches.

Will this decision help the farmers? With all the revenue that was supposed to be earned by Maharashtra government being lost. This will incapacitate them from making more investment towards the relief work. Moreover, the water which the Bombay HC has saved is not at all feasible to be transported to the drought affected area. Thus, we have actually done nothing in an attempt to do everything. Decision regarding these should be made after keeping emotions at bay and by being rational towards the logic.

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