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.