More garbage than glory at the Indian Premier League

The Indian Premier League has always been in the middle of  controversies.  Heaps of garbage generated during matches is a major concern in at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, reports Akshata Chonkar

People wait in lines to buy tickets

M Chinnaswamy Stadium near Cubbon Park hosts some of the matches played by the local Bengaluru team, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, every summer during the Indian Premier League tournament. While the matches are watched by millions around the world, the live audience at the stadium has also been in equally great numbers. But what do these audience leave behind in the stadium as they exit after the match? Heaps of garbage!

According to Rajeev, a cashier at the ticket counter outside the stadium, for each match they  sell upto 22,000 tickets including the BookMyShow bookings, and all the corporate stands.

The thousands of people who come to watch these matches are a part of the garbage menace – the garbage that is generated during the match. There are often large amounts of paper and plastics thrown outside and inside the stadium. As people begin to enter the stadiums, a lot of waste starts to generate, and this continues throughout the match.

Matches that begin in the afternoon see garbage thrown around afterwards, with nobody to clean them until the next morning. The same applies for night matches too. The police who stand guard outside the stadium claim that nothing is done to clear the mess. “We have to maintain the security of the stadium because of the number of gates. During the match, there is no one outside the stadium to clean the garbage on the footpaths,” said Suresh M, a police officer outside the service entry side of the stadium. 

Controlling water needs

Summers in Bengaluru have become unbearable, topped with the shortage of water to add to people’s woes. In February 2017, it was found that 24,000 litres of water were used every day for the test match in Bengaluru during the series between India and England.

Although the problem of garbage may yet be an unsolved issue, the Chinnaswamy stadium authorities have kept in mind the scarcity of water in the state. Unlike other stadiums in the country, this is the only cricket stadium that is completely solar-powered, has its own rainwater harvesting system and a functional sewage treatment plant. Authorities claim that they use only recycled water to maintain the ground, owing to previous controversies regarding water shortages during the IPL season, such as the court ruling in Maharashtra in 2016, due to which more than half of the matches of Mumbai Indians were played at Vishakhapatanam.