Is water being subsidised for IPL matches in Maharashtra?
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that water is being supplied for the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches scheduled to be played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai at a subsidised rate.
This revelation has come in the backdrop of the state being drought-hit. The reply shows that around 25,000-26,000 litres of water that is required to water the turf, are being supplied to the stadium at the rate of Rs. 400 per tanker. However, in the drought affected regions of the state, farmers have to buy water at a rate of Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 3,000 per tanker.
A total of 16 matches are to be played in Mumbai and Pune. Due to the drought, there has been increasing demand for relocating the matches outside Maharashtra to save water. The Shiv Sena has asked the owners of IPL teams to contribute Rs 500 crore towards drought relief from the revenue generated through the event.