Pawar went up to Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) and requested them to provide water © AFP
Pawar went up to Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) and requested them to provide water © AFP

Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president Sharad Pawar has come up with an innovative idea that can at the same time not affect the Maharashtra drought situations any more and help the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches take place at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai as well. Pawar went up to Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) and requested them to provide water from their Sewage Treatment Plant at the Mahalaxmi Race Course and according to reports, the association has agreed to provide necessary water supply to maintain the ground and keep it ready for the matches it is scheduled to host as the racing season has almost reached its end. READ: IPL 2016: No potable water for matches, says Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra

There were already much protests and obligations on Maharashtra hosting matches as around 40 lakh litres of water is needed for the maintaining proper playing conditions for Wankhede itself. Maharashtra is among the states which are highly affected by the lack of potable water and usage of water in this condition for IPL left many NGOs as well as common people infuriated.

As reported by The Times of India, RWITC secretary BA Engineer replied to Pawar’s request saying, “Our club has received a request to provide seven-eight tankers of our sewage treated water on a daily basis up to the end of May 2016, to water the MCA’s Wankhede Stadium. We can supply this water so that acute water crisis can be overcome to enable you to conduct your cricket matches. The charges will be decided at a later date.”

Pawar reacted to the help provided saying, “I am thankful to the RWITC for agreeing to help us out in this time of crisis.”