Will water crisis in Bengaluru affect IPL first-leg matches?

Will water crisis in Bengaluru affect IPL first-leg matches?

Will water crisis in Bengaluru affect IPL first-leg matches?

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Bengaluru is currently facing a severe water crisis, the worst in the last four decades, raising concerns about hosting IPL (Indian Premier League) matches in the city. However, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), the host association, is confident that the acute water shortage will not pose an immediate threat to the three IPL first-leg matches scheduled in Bengaluru.

The KSCA CEO, Shubendu Ghosh, stated that they have received guidelines from the state government regarding water usage and are in constant meetings to ensure compliance. The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has issued a notice restricting the use of potable water for purposes other than essential needs.

Ghosh expressed confidence in meeting the water demand for the matches from the in-house sewage treatment plant (STP) inside the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. He mentioned that they are already using water from the STP for various in-stadium purposes and are certain that it can meet the required quantity for match purposes.

In the first IPL match of the season, scheduled for March 25, Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Punjab Kings. The KSCA remains optimistic about conducting the matches smoothly, stating that the venue complies with the norms of the National Green Tribunal, and measures are in place to address such scenarios.

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