Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has gone into the Guinness Book of World Records after successfully sweeping a city street in a symbolic mass cleaning program attended by thousands of volunteers.
DSCC set a new record after 15,304 city dwellers swept the road between Golap Shah Mazar and National Press Club in the capital around 10:50am on Friday.
This record was previously held by India's Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC), with 5,058 people participating in a cleaning drive.
City Mayor Sayeed Khokon announced that the city, through the two-hour cleaning program, has fulfilled the requirements for a new world record.
This program was audited by the Pinaky and Company CA firm, with the representative of Guinness Book of World Records present at the scene.
Public Relation Officer of DSCC, Uttam Kumar Roy told the correspondent: “More than 15,000 people participated in the program, and around 15,000 to 18,000 people also waited for getting registration.”
A massive number of people showed up in front of the Nagar Bhaban [The DSCC office] to participate in this cleaning drive. The city dwellers passed through security scanning on their way to Golap Shah Shrine.
To motivate the participants, Mayor Sayeed Khokon swept the streets from the front position along with the volunteers for one minute.
The mayor later commented that this campaign is aimed at creating a sense of responsibility for keeping the city clean.
“Keeping the Chaitra Sankranti in mind, the citizens are sweeping away all the dirt of the past year, so that we can start a fresh, new and clean Bangla New Year on Saturday.'' the mayor said.
The two-hour-long cleaning program was held on the last day of Bangla calendar.
On April 4, DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon urged the city dwellers to participate in the mass cleaning program to raise awareness on maintaining cleanliness around the city.
Along with the city dwellers, members of the fire service and law enforcement agencies answered the mayor’s call for the mass cleaning program. The total number of people attending the event had exceeded 32,000.
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda, popular film star Riazuddin Ahmed Siddiqui Riaz, DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia and Gazi Group chairman Gazi Golam Dastagir were present at the event among others.
The campaign was supported by Dhaka Metropolitan Police and GTV.