Kankaria Carnival: Giant charity bag enters records book

A huge jute bag meant for collecting donations at the ongoing Kankaria Carnival here has entered the Limca Book of Records as the 'largest' jute charity bag. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) received a provisional approval from the Limca Book of Records Wednesday.

"The Limca Book of Records has handed over the provisional approval for the largest jute charity bag that is part of the Kankaria Carnival. The bag with a size of 37 feet by 30 feet covering a total area of 380 square metres has been installed inside Vyayamshala at the Kankaria lake premises," said Mayor Asit Vora.

The bag will be on display till December 31, when the week-long annual carnival ends.

AMC commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra said the charity received would be distributed among the needy like anganwadis, shishu mandir and various similar organisations, depending on the items collected.

The bag, which cost Rs 5.5 lakh, received around 100 donations on the first day of the carnival.

The bag is surrounded by a steel structure and a 30-foot high staircase that allows people to donate things inside the bag. While jute has been used for the bag, 4,500 kg of steel was used for the construction of truss and staircase.

A private company has prepared the bag for the AMC. As many as nine people took six days to make it. It was revealed that the previous record holder was also from Gujarat, a resident of Surat.

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