India has rejected Pakistan’s allegations of “hidden cameras” for spying on the top of 55-foot-high Tricolour at the Attari-Wagah border. Rejecting the claim, India said that only a beacon light was installed on the flag pole as procedures. Earlier, Pakistan Rangers had objected on BSF move to hoist the flag in less than 150 yards of the International Boundary (IB), violating international guidelines, which do not permit construction activity of any kind within 150 yards on either side, a report by ‘The Indian Express’ has said.
According to Rangers, the flag pole was put up within 150 yards. During the flagship meeting with BSF, the rangers had also demanded that the flag be shifted. It alsoi cautioned of putting up a flag of similar dimensions if the Indian flag is not removed.
The Punjab government had received permission from the Election Commission to hoist the flag. As per officials, the Tricolour is 120-foot long and 80-foot wide. The weight of the flag pole is 55 tonnes. The project cost the government Rs 3.5 crore. A Tricolour of 170-foot height is already in place in Amritsar.
“The project undertaken by the Amritsar Improvement Trust started in 2015 and it is the tallest Tricolour hoisted. The idea behind constructing such a gigantic flag was to instil feeling of patriotism among those who come to witness the ceremony and others who are deployed at the border.”, Amritsar Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora was quoted as saying by the paper
Both BSF and Home Ministry also clarified that the project was not conceptualised by them and it is one of the initiatives undertaken by the state government for the Wagah-Attari border.