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HC asks cricket body if it will seek extra water for IPL pitches, ground

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The today sought to know from the Cricket Association (MCA) if it would seek additional water supply from the civic body for ground and pitch maintenance for six matches shifted to that city from

The at Gahunje in will host the remaining six 'home' matches of franchise Super Kings (CSK) after these were shifted from the southern city following protests over the water-sharing issue in the capital.

A division bench of justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla sought the MCA response while hearing a public interest litigation filed by in 2016.

Opposing holding of matches in Maharashtra, the NGO had raised concerns over water usage for at a time when the state was reeling under drought.

The bench was today informed by the petitioner's that while originally 11 matches were to be played in during the ongoing IPL, six games, which were to be played in Chennai, have now been shifted to

The argued that the Pune city and rural areas of the district were already facing water shortage.

The judges then sought to know from the MCA, which manages the stadium, if it would be seeking more water than what is being already supplied to it by the (PMC).

Last week, the high court had posed the same query to the Cricket Association, which manages the Wankhede stadium, another IPL venue.

The court had asked the (BMC) if it would supply additional water to the stadium in South

The BMC today filed an affidavit, saying no special water supply would be given to the stadium.

The court posted the petition for further hearing on April 18.

The in was the home ground of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK. The IPL franchise played its first home match on April 10 against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Political parties and other groups in had demanded that all the IPL matches scheduled in Chennai be cancelled till the Centre forms the Water Management Board. They held protests in support of their demand.

The had on February 16 pronounced its verdict on the dispute between and

"The matches had to be shifted out of Chennai as police had said that they were unable to provide security in the prevailing situation" IPL had said on April 12.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 19:05 IST