The country is reeling under severe drought. Scanty rains have affected people in almost 302 districts out 614. Considering the gigantic scales involved, any misuse of water is sure of receiving public ire. In the ongoing IPL Tournament, state cricket associations (MHA, VCA & MCA) and the BCCI, are caught in the eye of the storm for conducting such a mega event at a time like this. The Bombay High Court has come down heavily on the BCCI for choosing to have the IPL in the summer months, when most of the country faces water crisis. The cricketing body is in a great fix, unable to decide on future course of action.
Amidst all this hullabaloo, the Karnataka State Cricket Association’s (KSCA’s) ground breaking idea of solving the water crisis seem to have been overlooked. Aware of the water shortage in the city, a sewage treatment plant (STP) has been set up by the association to treat the sewage water for its consumption. The New STP hopes to generate 2.1 lakh litres of water daily, which is way above its expected usage. The crisis ridden BCCI should certainly take a leaf out of KSCA’s book. Emulating KSCA would be a good way of ensuring that we make the most of the limited water available.
Nevertheless, the entire issue of moving the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket tournament out of Maharashtra, is an unviable proposition at this point of time. Drought shaming IPL will not end Maharashtra’s water crisis, because there’s enough avoidable wastage of water elsewhere. The onus of water conservation cannot be just on the IPL, but should be on everyone. There is a need to look at this issue holistically rather than atomistically.