The Navi Mumbai Krida Sankul started the “Navi Mumbai Krida Mahotsav 2009′ in a grand ceremony at Vashi. Navi Mumbai Krida Sankul’s Navi Mumbai Krida Mahotsav started with the lighting of the torch by the youth at Vashi’s Shivaji Chowk, giving the zestful start to the event. The youth then took the rally with the torch to the venue to give a lighting start to the Navi Mumbai Krida Mahotsav 2009. The procession was welcomed by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chaggan Bhujbal in the presence of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, Navi Mumbai Krida Sankul President Dr. Sanjeev Naik, Mayor of Navi Mumbai Anjani Bhoir and Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik and many other local NCP leaders. 12000 students from more than 150 schools are participating in this sports event. At the beginning, students of all the schools saluted the guests and then gave a presentation of their talents in front of the Dy. Chief Minister Chaggan Bhujbal and others. In their introductory speeches, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik and former Mayor Dr. Sanjeev Naik spoke about the festival. Deputy Chief Minister Chagan Bhujbal said that Navi Mumbai was a better place than Mumbai – one reason for this is the proper planning of CIDCO that makes playgrounds available to the youth, which in turn encourages sports within the youth. He also shared with the audience the different kind of grants and schemes that the Maharashtra State offers to budding sports stars and seeing the impressive display of the youth at the Navi Mumbai Krida Mahotsav encouraged Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik to mobilize maximum funds provided by the State Government into Navi Mumbai. NMTV News spoke to the Chief Guest on the occasion. Under President Dr. Sanjeev Naik’s headship, Navi Mumbai Krida Sankul’s Sports Festival has become a platform for not just students of private schools but even municipal schools to exhibit their sports talents and get the right opportunity to better their sporting traits playing against competent teams. The festival’s success year after year is helping the Navi Mumbai Krida Sankul and the people behind it to win the hearts of the young budding sports stars of Navi Mumbai. With Rajeev Mishra, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.