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17-year-old Raikom Enghi shared this ‘before-after’ image of Taralangso in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district as he took up the #Trashtag Challenge
17-year-old Raikom Enghi shared this ‘before-after’ image of Taralangso in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district as he took up the #Trashtag Challenge|EastMojo image
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Assam boy takes up #Trashtag Challenge to clean fest venue alone

17-year-old Raikom Enghi is on a mission to make a 100-acre area in Taralangso in Karbi Anglong district, where a youth festival took place recently, completely litter-free

Kalyan Deb

Diphu: At a time when the #Trashtag Challenge is gaining steam all over the world, a 17-year-old youth from Diphu in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district is taking the viral trend to the next level.

Raikom Enghi, a student of Don Bosco Junior College in Diphu, is on a mission to make Taralangso completely litter-free. Taralangso was the venue for the recently-concluded Karbi Youth Festival and is spread across an area of 100 acres. Simply put, Enghi’s task is not going to be easy. He has, however, made a commitment to clean up the whole area by the end of April this year.

17-year-old Raikom Enghi of Diphu in Assam took to Facebook<i> </i>to share several ‘before-after’ images of Taralangso as part of the #Trashtag Challenge&nbsp;
17-year-old Raikom Enghi of Diphu in Assam took to Facebook to share several ‘before-after’ images of Taralangso as part of the #Trashtag Challenge 
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Aware of the mammoth task in hand, Enghi has decided to follow a regime where he starts as early as 5 am every morning since he has to cover a distance of about 6 km in order to reach his ‘battleground’ in the first place. His ‘weapon’ of choice is a broom and a garbage bag. He is at times accompanied by his 18-year-old friend Diheen Katharpi who has decided to join hands with him in the mission.

Speaking to EastMojo, Enghi said that the inspiration behind his mission is Healing Himalayas – a non-profit organisation that is undertaking an initiative to clean all the major hill stations in India.

“Although it is a Herculean task, I am very optimistic about it. I try to start as early as possible and I hope that I will be able to finish it within the time I have committed to myself,” Enghi said.

Raikom Enghi, 17, starts as early as 5 am every morning and covers a distance of about 6 km from his home in order to reach Taralangso in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district
Raikom Enghi, 17, starts as early as 5 am every morning and covers a distance of about 6 km from his home in order to reach Taralangso in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district
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During the recently-concluded Karbi Youth Festival, Taralangso became a dumping ground for litter.

Kicking off his mission on Wednesday, Enghi shared several pictures of his challenge on his Facebook page.

The #Trashtag hashtag has spawned thousands of posts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media, while it continues to trend among teenagers in particular. Several posts have also flooded social media handles of EastMojo as well, where young do-gooders are setting an example for the rest of the world.