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NGT notice to govt, BCCI on plea alleging misuse of water during IPL

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A plea seeking ban on 2018 matches on the ground that it leads to wastage of lakhs of litres of water today prompted the to seek responses from the Centre, BCCI and others.

A bench headed by Justice issued notices to the Ministry of Water Resources, the Board of Control for in India and nine states where these matches are proposed to be held.

The parties have been directed to file their replies within two weeks and the matter has been posted for next hearing on April 28.

The tribunal's order came on a plea filed by Alwar-based youth seeking action against all concerned for wasting enormous amounts of water to prepare the pitches for holding the tournament.

"Direct the authorities to stop holding the cash-rich tournament for commercial purpose which would be played at nine venues commencing April 7," the plea said.

The petition, filed through advocates and Rohit Vidhudi, contended there is rampant misuse of the water by some individuals, organisations and societies while on the other hand a major part of the country was suffering from the problem of water scarcity

"The 11th edition of will be played at nine venues across 51 days and lakhs of litres of water is to be used for preparing pitches and in the stadium for playing 60 matches which would adversely affect the ground water level, ecosystem and the ecology of the country," the petition said.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 17:40 IST