In Bihar, the world’s largest human chain was formed on Sunday in support of water conservation, life, greenery, de-addiction, and the abolition of child marriage and dowry. For more than half an hour between 11.30 AM and 12 noon, more than 4.27 crore people stood holding hands of one another, creating a new world record of a human chain formation.
The number of people holding one another was larger than the population of 192 countries of the world including Canada and Australia. The human chain originated at the Gandhi Maidan of Patna under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Now the state government will hand over the documentation of human series to the international agencies that have recorded world records as proof.
Fifteen helicopters were deployed in aerial photography and videography. Representatives of Limca Book of Records and Guinness Book of World Records had been invited to observe the human series.
Bihar has broken its own world record. Earlier in 2017, an 11,292-km long human chain was created in the state to make the campaign for the prohibition of liquor successful. The people of Bihar broke that record when, campaigning against the dowry system and child marriage, they made a 13,654-km long human chain the next year.
The human chain connected the Gandhi Maidan in four directions. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma and United Nations representative Atul Bagai and other ministers and top officials were present on the occasion. The human chain at Gandhi Maidan was made in the shape of the map of Bihar.
On this occasion, the chief minister said life would be safe only when there were water and greenery. “I travelled across the state for the water-life-greenery campaign. I found that people have become conscious of the environment. This was a matter of great pleasure.”
The chief minister said he would continue to campaign for the environment. “If we do not understand the environment, we will suffer a big loss,” he said. He thanked the people of Bihar for making the human chain a success.
There was enthusiasm all over Bihar over the event. People of all ages also seen in the human chain. Young children stood in queues, many of them in school uniforms. Near Fraser Road in Patna, a group of eunuchs cheered the initiative.
Villagers of Ather at Dardha Ghat under Bochhaan block of Muzaffarpur rowed boats on the Gandak river to maintain the order of the human chain. There, the width of the river is 200 feet. This human chain, built on a boat over the river, was a hallmark of people’s enthusiasm. The state witnessed a human chain everywhere; rivers and hills were no exception.
The government had carried out an awareness campaign for the human chain. Cultural events were organised across the state.
The government made tight security arrangements and traffic during the human chain. Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar and DGP Gupteshwar Pandey had given special instructions to all the districts. Contingency services were restored in every district. Apart from ambulances, teams of doctors, water tankers for drinking water, mobile and temporary toilets were in place to serve the people in the human chain.
Based on the information received from all the districts, the total length of the human chain was 16,419.31 km. It had a length of 4,972.9 km on main routes and 10,390.41 km on subways whereas, other routes were 285-km long.
The education department made arrangements to create a human chain up to the borders with Nepal besides the neighbouring states of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. In the review meeting, Nitish Kumar had instructed all DMs that the boundaries of neighbouring states must touch the human chain.
The administration conveyed the message of human chain formation to the neighbouring states and Nepal. According to the additional chief secretary in the Department of Education, the human chain extended to all places of itihāsa, those of historical and cultural importance in the state.
In light of the instruction of the chief minister, Bodh Gaya, Vidyapati Nagar (Samastipur), Janaki Sthal (Sitamarhi), Gandhi Ashram of Bhitarhwa and Lakhansen Barharwa, where MK Gandhi had established a school and places of itihāsa-writing including Kesariya (Buddhist stupa) and destinations of cultural importance were linked to the human chain.