High Court bars MCA from using Pavana dam water for IPL ground
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday barred the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) from using water from Pavana dam for maintaining the Pune cricket stadium for Indian Premier League 2018 till further orders.
Earlier, the Bombay HC had issued a notice to MCA and had sought a reply on how will they arrange water for maintaining the ground for IPL matches in Pune, according to an ANI report.
The development came after the remaining IPL matches of Chennai Super Kings were shifted from the state to the Maharashtra Cricket Association's International Stadium in Pune in the wake of the ongoing protest against the Centre's negligence for the formation of Cauvery Management Board.
Issuing the notice, the Bombay High Court asked the MCA to explain how they would arrange water for preparing and maintaining ground in Pune to conduct matches of IPL shifted from Chennai to Pune. The notice was issued in a PIL filed by the NGO Loksatta Movement in 2016. In the same petition, Bombay HC had earlier ordered to move all the IPL matches out of Mumbai's Wankhede stadium during the ninth edition of the tournament in 2016.
During the hearing of their petition, Loksatta argued that Pune gets water supply only from Pawana river and that if the ground is to be prepared for IPL matches a lot of water would be needed which eventually affect the water supply of the prevailing drought-like situation of the state.
The MCA had been given a deadline of April 18 to respond to this notice. Drought-like conditions in Maharashtra have now become a yearly affair, with people facing severe water shortage during the summer months. Last year Mumbai Indians home matches were also shifted out of Mumbai due to water shortage.