As the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking for new option to shift the Indian Premier League (IPL),  the Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday told the state government that it have only three days to respond to the court ‘how it is tackling an acute water shortage’ in the drought-hit districts.

The court’s bench of Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice DC Somani said IPL or no IPL, the state government should be more concerned about the water crisis in the state. The next hearing will be on May 3.

Presently, 19 districts including Jaipur, have been declared drought-affected, prompting the state government to adopt emergency measures such as sending water trains and tankers to far off villages.

On April 21, the court had asked the government ‘why IPL matches were shifted to Jaipur when the area is battling with an acute water shortage’. The bench also said the state has an obligation to make clean water available to its people. The court directed the state to submit a detailed report by April 30 on how it will tackle the situation.

Few days back, the court issued notices to the state government, the BCCI, and the Rajasthan Cricket Association after a petition was filed in court, seeking a ban on the T20 cricket matches in drought-affected Jaipur.

The high court also said a retired judge along with a police officer will be appointed as the commissioner who will keep a check that not a single drop of fresh water is used during the matches for ground and to maintain pitches.

After the Bombay High Court’s order, IPL matches are being shifted out of Maharashtra, IPL team Mumbai Indians had opted for Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh stadium as their new home venue.

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