Mumbai: Maharashtra Government on Thursday said
that it was planning to confer status of `sport activity` on
the traditional `Dahi Handi`, a unique Maharashtrian way of
celebrating birth of Lord Krishna.
`Dahi Handi` involves building human pyramids to reach
earthen pot hung high in the air.
The state Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Padmakar
Valvi told the Legislative Assembly that government had
received such a proposal.
The demand was made by MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar during
a debate on the state`s sports policy through a calling
Valvi said the recommendation was being forwarded to the
state sports council.
The minister admitted that budgetary allocation for
sports was hardly one per cent of the state budget. But he
expressed confidence that the allocation would go up after the
new sports policy comes into effect.
The minister also admitted that there was a delay in
putting the draft policy before the cabinet, and promised that
it would be done during this session itself. "The new sports
policy would be implemented within a month`s time," he said.
He also said that government had proposed setting up
Mumbai Sports Authority to look after development and
maintenance of sport complexes in Mumbai.