NGT directs Centre to regulate extraction of ground water in cricket fields

The petitioner, Haider Ali raised a concern that the use of ground water for maintenance of cricket fields is depriving people of portable drinking water.

The Petitioner further stated that the IPL (Indian Premier League) cricket matches hosted by BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) is for commercial purposes and does not keep in mind water conservation.

A Bench headed by Chairperson of NGT, Justice Adarsh Goel heard the petition.

The Bench stated that the conservation of water is of utmost importance to the environment and every effort should be made to save potable drinking water.

It was further stated that cricket or other grounds can be maintained with high quality STPs (Sewage Treatment Plants) which have no pathogens and offensive components.

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Ministry of Jal Shakti to consider the issue of regulating extraction of groundwater for the purpose.

It further directed the Ministry of Jal Shakti to hold a joint meeting with the Sports Ministry within a month to regulate maintenance of cricket fields.

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