Water Crisis To Affect First Leg Of IPL 2024? Karnataka Cricket CEO Says This


The acute water shortage in the city may not pose any immediate threat to the three IPL first-leg matches to be played in Bengaluru, as host association KSCA is confident of meeting the water demand from the in-house sewage treatment plant. , Bengaluru is grappling with a severe water crisis, the worst in the last four decades, and there are demands from many quarters to shift the IPL games, starting on March 25, out of the city.

Karnataka state CEO Subhendu Ghosh said, “We are not facing any crisis at the moment. We have received information from the state government regarding water usage and we (KSCA officials) are holding frequent meetings about following the guidelines. are doing.” Cricket Association told PTI.

The Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) had issued a notice, prohibiting the use of potable water for any other purpose like gardening or washing vehicles.

Ghosh expressed confidence that water from the sewage treatment plant inside the M Chinnaswamy Stadium will be sufficient for purposes such as watering the outfield and pitch.

“We are already using water from the STP plant for the outfield and pitch and other stadium purposes. We may require 10000-15000 liters of water for match purposes, and we are sure that it will be supplied from the STP plant. Can be generated from.

Ghosh said, “We do not need to use groundwater (for any water purpose). Yes, we are keeping a close eye on the government's new policy on water use, but we are fulfilling all the points in the order.” Are confident of doing.”

In the first IPL match of this season, local franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Punjab Kings on March 25 and they will face Kolkata Knight Riders four days later.

In the third match at home, RCB will face Lucknow Supergiants on April 2.

Officials of the Royal Challengers, which is leading green initiatives like reviving the city's lakes, also seemed confident of holding the match despite water scarcity in the city.

“We are aware of the situation and are in touch with KSCA officials. But we have two weeks' time before the first match here. So, we are confident about the smooth conduct of the matches.

“The site also complies with National Green Tribunal norms, so a system is already in place to deal with such scenarios,” an official said on condition of anonymity.

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