Objecting to use of water in stadiums in drought-hit Maharashtra, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vinod Tawde has written to Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla and asked him to reconsider the decision to organize matches of the cash-rich tournament in the state.
"As per my knowledge, 60,000 litres of water would be used to maintain a cricket ground every day. Thus, during the entire season of IPL matches spread over 36 days (from April 9 to May 15 in Maharashtra), 21.6 lakh litre water will be used for a single ground," Tawde said in his letter to Shukla.
He said water was more important than the huge sums of entertainment tax earned by the state government through sale of IPL tickets.
"The water, which will be wasted during the matches, is far more valuable than the tax to be accumulated. The matches serve no purpose other than entertainment which is not important when nearly half the state is struggling to survive," Tawde said.
In his letter, the Leader of opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council said: "Taking into consideration the plight of the drought-affected people, I hope that you will take an appropriate decision on holding the IPL tournament."
16 matches will be played in Maharashtra this season.
The IPL 2013 will commence with an Opening Ceremony on the evening of Apr 2 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
The sixth edition of IPL will be played across the country from Apr 3 to May 26.