Sunday, May 11, 2014

Valsad writes itself into Guinness records

Dear Comrades,

SURAT: While the relevance of the age-old postcard may be debated in the cyber and mobile era, this humble piece of postal stationery helped residents and district administration of Valsad enter the Guinness Book of World Records on Saturday.

The entry is for 'most people sending a postcard from a single location simultaneously'. The people had pooled 17,599 post cards on April 30 that were addressed to their near and dear ones thanking them for participating in the Lok Sabha polls.

The residents of Valsad breezed past the previous record standing in the name of Nalanda Engineering College in Andhra Pradesh from where 14,004 postcards were sent in 2011.

A large number of people from different parts of the district had converged at the sprawling Bulsar District Cricket Association (BDCA) ground on Saturday morning to write the post cards. The entire programme was conducted by Valsad district administration under the leadership of district collector Dr Vikrant Pandey to express gratitude to the voters for the phenomenal turnout during the Lok Sabha polling on April 30. The postcards were written simultaneously by the residents and posted at virtual post offices set up by the Valsad postal department.

A team from Guinness Book of World Records led by its adjudicator Lucia Sinigagliesi from United Kingdom was in Valsad on Saturday to declare that the former record had been successfully broken. The announcement was welcomed amid celebrations marked by bursting of crackers.

Talking to TOI, Dr Vikrant Pandey said, "Voters in Valsad have broken all the past polling records with a huge 73.99 per cent turnout in polling on April 30. To commemorate the biggest achievement, we decided to break a Guinness Record by writing most postcards to the voters from a single location."

Pandey added, "At a time when the habit of writing postcards has almost died, it was a refreshing sight to see students, elderly and youngsters scribble their thoughts on the postcards."
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