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Court cases a publicity stunt than solving drought situation!

Controversy continue to dog IPL this year and more so Mumbai Indians franchise as somebody has now field a court case against matches being held at Jaipur which is the new home ground for the Mumbai outfit after the High Court had ordered games to be shifted out of Maharashtra on account of drought situation in the State. Rajasthan is another dry State where there is hardly any rainfall and a near drought area at all times but these court cases are no solution to solving the water problem but are merely done for publicity and for vested interest by some people.

Mumbai’s water reserves are still better than the rest of the country due to good dams and reservoir in the area apart from infrastructure available for storage of water. IPL sure is a tournament which doesn’t do cricket good due to its controversial format which encourages betting and match fixing but a huge amount of money is involved due to global recognition and sponsorship. The Bombay High Court should allow the games to take place as per original schedule now but ask BCCI to deposit all the revenues and profits which the government should use to solve future water crisis in the country by building infrastructure such as dams, water reservoir and other modern amenities with those funds. A rethink on the whole tournament itself can be done for next year and let this year’s tournament be used as a charity for generating money for drought relief!

 

S.N. Kabra

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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