Over two thousand residents participated in a record-breaking sweeping exercise in Surat on Wednesday, making a new world record. According to news agency ANI, 2014 locals participated in the event as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which is now a Guinness World Record.
This is not the first time in recent months that people of the western Indian city are in news for doing something extraordinary. In December 2016, a local beautician grabbed national attention for giving a haircut to 571 people on the trot for 24 hours. Sheetal Shah’s hair-cutting exercise was the longest yet undertaken by any hairdresser ever, and became an international record.
Gujarat: Guinness World Record set in Surat yesterday for most number of people sweeping with brooms, 2014 residents participated. pic.twitter.com/L6VNr6xdjH
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 16, 2017
In 2014, another word record was set in Surat when locals came together for another Swachh Bharat campaign activity
— સમર્થ (@iSamarth7093) December 8, 2014
The above world-record was shattered yesterday,
— Paresh Patel (@pareshvnsgu) March 15, 2017
(Source: Twitter/Paresh Patel)
In 2013, nearly 2,75,000 runners participated in a marathon which became another international record.
Surat seems to have created a world record! More than 275000 people are taking part in ‘Run For Unity’! Congrats all! pic.twitter.com/dfELmZxWj2
— pvs sarma (@pvssarma) December 15, 2013
(Source: Twitter/PVS Sarma)