Mumbai: While parents can buy the necessary equipment to play cricket for their children, they can also buy a bottle of water, the Bombay High Court said on Thursday in a public interest litigation hearing seeking orders for the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI), the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and the state government to provide basic amenities such as drinking water, toilets and medical facilities on public city land.

“You are lucky that your parents can buy you a chest protector, a knee protector and everything else you need to play cricket,” said Divisional Bench Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Makarand Karnik.

“If your parents can buy you all that, they can also buy you bottled water,” the bench added.

The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) is filed by Barrister Rahul Tiwari claiming that cricketers in Mumbai have not been provided with basic sanitation and medical facilities on public grounds and while MCA says that it is the duty of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the civic corps pass the ball over the cricket corps.

Tiwari, who appeared in person, further argued that although a fee was paid to the civic authority or sports association that manages the public grounds while reserving the same for training sessions, he there was no access to drinking water or toilets for the players.

He had also complained that this was also the case during professional cricket camps organized by governing bodies and cricket associations. The court should therefore order the relevant authorities to provide such equipment for the benefit of the players.

The cricket associations had previously indirectly supported the claimant by informing the court that they operated certain state public grounds which were under the jurisdiction of local municipal bodies and wherever the associations held training or training camps or practice cricket matches, their requests for provision of basic facilities as players and teams were generally refused by the authorities concerned.

When the PIL was heard on Thursday, the judges said the plea would be very low on their list of priorities, especially when questions about the flooding of towns and unauthorized and dangerous buildings were displayed in court for the hearing.

The bench also highlighted the fact that several villages and even some towns in Maharashtra are facing severe water shortages.

“Think of the villagers who cannot afford to buy water,” the judges told the petitioner in person.

“Do you know that the city of Aurangabad receives drinking water once a week? Why can’t you get your own water,” they asked.

The judges said the priority should be to first secure water for villages and towns that face severe shortages. “Everyone has the basic right to live and survive,” the judges noted.

Reacting to Tiwari’s claim that his basic rights have been violated due to the lack of basic amenities on the city’s public lands, the bench said the petitioner should perform his basic duties first. before focusing on his fundamental rights.

‘Make sure of your basic duties first,’ the judges said, asking what the plaintiff’s lawyer had done to fulfill his basic duty.

“We don’t want to waste time here,” they said and posted Tiwari’s PIL for further hearing on July 28.

Earlier, another bench consisting of Judge AK Menon and Judge MS Karnik had asked the BCCI, MCA and the state government to provide basic facilities such as toilets, drinking water and assistance. medical on public lands all over Maharashtra, observing that they might get their next public domain star.