People at a cleaning campaign in Dhaka. Photo: UNB/Bayazid Akter
Dhaka, Apr 13 (UNB) – Over 15000 people joined a cleaning campaign in the city arranged by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) aiming to set a new Guinness World Record.
DSCC Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon inaugurated the campaign 'Dettol Porichchonno Dhaka" powered by GTV and supported by Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) at Golap Shah mazar point of Gulistan.
Mayor Khokon said 15313 people took to the street with broom spontaneously to set the new record.
However, the formal announcement from the Guinness Book of World Records authority will come soon after the completion of necessary formalities.
The auditors of the Guinness Book of World Records were present to witness the two-hour-long programme.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzaman Miah, film actor Riaz, actress Mahiya Mahi and many others joined the event.
(DMP) Commissioner Asaduzaman Miah said this type of event will help raise awareness to keep the city clean.
This initiative was taken to create awareness among people that practising hygiene should not be limited to personal life only; rather it should be practised at a community level to build a clean city.
DSCC in collaboration with Reckitt Benckiser Bangladesh arranged the programme to raise awareness among people to make the city a clean and a healthy one.
The registration for participants in the sweeping programme started around 7:00 am at Nagar Bhaban.
The sweeping programme, led by the DSCC mayor, started from Golapshah Mazar in Gulistan and ended at the Paltan area in the capital.
On the other hand, Residents of Vadodara, the 10th cleanest city of India on May 28 last year created a Guinness World Record with maximum number of people sweeping the ‘floor’ (single venue) while around 5,058 people came together to sweep the venue—a bridge connecting Akota with Dandia bazaar–in city, spread over one kilometre.