In what can be said as a very proud moment for every Indian, a 360-foot high (110 metres) flag post was yesterday inaugurated at the Indo-Pak Attari Border.
In what can be said as a very proud moment for every Indian, a 360-foot high (110 metres) flag post was yesterday inaugurated at the Indo-Pak Attari Border. This is the country’s tallest flag post and is at a stone’s throw distance from Pakistan. Punjab Minister Anil Joshi inaugurated the country’s largest tricolour on the tallest flag post. Here are ten interesting things to know about it:
1) Hoisted on a 110-meter high mast, the flag is 120-foot long and 80-foot wide.
2) The weight of the flag pole is 55 tonnes, and an estimated Rs 3.50 crore rupees have been spent on this project by the Punjab government.
3) The flag is said to be visible from Lahore.
4) The 80 feet by 120 feet (nearly 1,100 square yard) flag, weighing 125 kg, is made of parachute material.
5) The Amritsar Improvement Trust, which functions under the local government portfolio held by Joshi, has as many as six standby flags in case the huge Tricolour is damaged by the vagaries of weather. Each flag cost Amritsar Improvement Trust Rs 1.25 lakh.
6) Three poles 65 feet height, each with Light Emitting Diodes (LED), will illuminate the flag.
7) Earlier, there was a plan to hoist the tricolour on January 26 but due to some technical reason it was delayed.
8) According to an India Today report, Pakistan has raised an objection to the flag being flown at the IB, calling the act a violation of international treaties.
9) However, Indian authorities had made it clear that the flat was being installed 200 metres before the zero line and was not a violation in any manner.
10) Amritsar city already has a 170-foot tall flag in the local Ranjit Avenue Public Park.
Joshi said, “As I grew up, I used to listen to Saare jahan se accha, Hindustan hamara. I could not become an Armyman, but I thought we should do something that could make Armymen and the nation proud. I feel proud that that such a project has been dedicated to the nation and patriots.”