Bengaluru IPL Matches Unlikely to be Affected by Water Shortage

Bengaluru IPL Matches Unlikely to be Affected by Water Shortage

Bengaluru’s acute water shortage has raised concerns about the fate of the three Indian Premier League (IPL) matches scheduled to be played in the city. However, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has assured that it is well-equipped to meet the water demand for the matches.

The city is facing its worst water crisis in four decades, prompting calls to shift the IPL games out of Bengaluru. However, KSCA CEO Shubendu Ghosh expressed confidence that the association can adhere to the government’s water usage guidelines.

“We are not facing any crisis at the moment,” Ghosh said. “We have received the state government’s notice on water usage, and we are constantly meeting to ensure we follow the guidelines.”

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has prohibited the use of potable water for non-essential purposes, such as gardening and vehicle washing. Ghosh stated that the KSCA will rely on water from the sewage treatment plant (STP) within the M Chinnaswamy Stadium for watering the outfield and pitch.

“We are already using STP water for these purposes,” Ghosh said. “We estimate that we will need 10,000-15,000 liters of water for match purposes, which we are confident we can generate from the STP.”

Ghosh emphasized that the KSCA will not use groundwater for watering. “We are closely monitoring the government’s water usage policy, but we are confident that we can meet all the requirements,” he said.

The first IPL match in Bengaluru will feature the local franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) taking on Punjab Kings on March 25. RCB will then face Kolkata Knight Riders on March 29 and Lucknow SuperGiants on April 2.

RCB officials also expressed confidence in conducting the matches despite the water scarcity. “We are aware of the situation and are in touch with the KSCA,” an official said. “We have two weeks before the first match, so we are confident that we can ensure a smooth conduct of the games.”

The M Chinnaswamy Stadium complies with the norms of the National Green Tribunal, which has implemented systems to address water scarcity scenarios.