The Durga idol made out of waste electrical wires by Sanjib Basak of Dhubri district in Assam has created history and a world record. Basak had created the innovative idol in a span of two months.
Basak, a field officer employed with the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, built the 160 kilograms idol completely out of waste electrical wires. The idols were displayed at the Rashmi Sangha Durga Puja Committee in Dhubri in October 2019.
He took to Facebook to announce his feat. Also, the Assam Book of Records congratulated and honoured him with a World Record Certificate. The post reads, “Sanjib Basak of Dhubri has set a World Record for making an idol of Goddess Durga out of waste electrical wires weighing 160 kgs. Mr Basak has made history by making such an innovative idol that took him more than 60 days.”
Basak had first collected the waste electrical wires from roads, dustbins, waste collectors and accumulated more than 140 kg to give a shape to the whole set (Goddess Durga and Her children).
“When Dhubri was hit by flood this year, I saw a number of electrical wires lying over which made me think in what way they can they reused. I asked around and got to know that the damaged electrical wires end up in water bodies and dustbins which are harming our ecosystem. I thought why not use them in making a Durga idol this year,” he said.
He was inspired by the ‘Clean Dhubri, Healthy Dhubri’ campaign to make the idols out of waste for Durga Puja. The five-day Durga Puja festival is one of the most important festivals in Eastern India, especially in Assam and West Bengal.
The idol set at the Rashmi Sangha Durga Puja Committee puja pandal was surely an eyecatcher this year.