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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Berhampur: The Industrial Training Institute, Berhampur is aiming for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records with its students building a giant fishing lure out of scrap materials. The application has already been sent on the New Year Eve to the Guinness authorities, who will visit the ITI campus soon to inspect the project.

The 22-ft-high fishing lure replica has been the result of the combined effort of students from various departments of the ITI, who have built this structure with scrap materials collected from their hostel and institute. It took them around 1 month to erect this structure that stands tall on the ITI premises.

The Principal of the ITI, Rajat Panigrahi was quite ecstatic with the prospect of getting into Guinness World Records. Speaking to OTV, Rajat said, "I got the idea while on an official visit to the United States. There was a similar structure in Florida with a height of 11 feet which I saw by paying 5 USD. I thought our boys at the ITI could build a taller structure like this quite easily and I decided to give it a try."

"Our main goal with this fishing lure is to popularize the fishing harbour at Gopalpur and put it in the global map along with our ITI," added Panigrahi.

Kameswar Behera, a student of the ITI's Fitter Department said, "We have built this from scrap metals collected from the old hostel building that was demolished recently. A lot of students cutting across departments have pitched in to erect this marvel."

The ITI at Berhampur has already made it to the Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records for making giant replicas of a guitar and a giraffe, respectively from scrap materials.

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