The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed MCA's plea against the Bombay High Court order on shifting the Indian Premiere League (IPL) matches out of Maharashtra, which is struggling with the worst drought in several decades. The apex court ruled that no IPL match will be held in the state after May 1. The apex court observed that "it is better to move out the matches in wake of the drought."
The Bombay High Court had recently said that water could not be used for cricket pitches for the domestic Twenty-20 tournament since three cities that host the games – Nagpur, Pune and Mumbai – are facing sever water crisis. ( Also Read: Water problem: Now petition in Kanpur against IPL matches )
The organizers including cricket associations had approached the Supreme Court to challenge the verdict, but have lost their case today. The organizers had argued that treated sewage water was to be used for the pitch and not drinking water. Also, they had offered to donate 60 lakh litres of treated sewage water for drought-hit areas as compensation. ( Also Read:
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