300-foot flag post, said to be the country’s second-tallest, was inaugurated at Kolhapur in western Maharashtra today. State revenue minister and district guardian minister Chandrakant Patil inaugurated the flag post installed in Police Garden, located opposite the office of Kolhapur Superintendent of Police, by hoisting the tricolour on the occasion of Maharashtra Day this morning. Kolhapur Street Beautification Project (KSBP), a trust, has installed this flag post which is the second-tallest in the country, a senior police officer said.
The 360-foot flag post inaugurated on March 6 at Attari on Indo-Pak border is said to be the tallest in the country. Speaking on the occasion, Patil said, “We all wanted this to happen, and now the flag is hoisted. As a local trust has installed the flag post and it is also developing the Police Garden, the burden of maintenance will not fall on the government, Patil told PTI later, while commending the initiative.
Sujay Pitre, president of KSBP, said, “The flag is 90 feet long and 60 feet wide. We have purchased three sets, so the flag can be replaced immediately if damaged. The tapering flag pole is five feet wide at the base and 16 inches wide at the top. Six flood-lights will illuminate the tricolour at night.” The installation cost Rs 1.1 crore, which the trust raised through donations, Pitre said.