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IPL 2024 Faces Water Crisis Concerns at M Chinnaswamy Stadium
By CricShots - Mar 11, 2024 3:21 pm
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As the highly anticipated seventeenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) approaches, Bengaluru, the home of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), faces a significant challenge due to a severe water crisis. The iconic M Chinnaswamy Stadium, owned and managed by the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), is set to host RCB’s home games, leading to concerns about the impact of the water shortage on ground maintenance and hosting matches.

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M Chinnaswamy Stadium

The water scarcity poses a potential obstacle to pitch preparation for IPL matches, considering the substantial amount of water required. With RCB scheduled to play their first home game against Punjab Kings on March 25, the KSCA confronts the daunting task of ensuring an adequate water supply for the matches while also addressing the broader water needs of the city.

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Bengaluru’s water crisis has been exacerbated by poor rainfall, resulting in a surge in the demand for water tankers across the city. Reports suggest that the charges for a water tanker have doubled, reaching up to INR 1,800 per refill, a stark increase from the usual range under INR 800.

 

Despite reassurances from the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) regarding sufficient supply for the next five months, residents remain anxious. The uncertainty has prompted discussions within the state association about potential impacts and solutions related to the city’s water conditions.

However, it’s crucial to note that the impact of the water crisis on hosting IPL fixtures at the venue seems unlikely, as the association employs non-potable water for ground and pitch maintenance.

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The looming question also extends to the latter part of the IPL 2024 schedule, with the Election Commission of India (ECI) announcing dates for the Lok Sabha General Elections, adding complexity to the situation. The potential overlap of election activities with IPL fixtures remains a point of uncertainty.