Tallest Tricolour hits rough weather in Attari, replaced twice in two weeks

The flag is illuminated by LED lights from three poles, each 65-ft high; and, the entire project has cost the state government about Rs 3.5 crore, so far.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Chandigarh | Published:March 25, 2017 5:39 am
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The country’s tallest Tricolour, flying at 355 feet from the ground at Attari near the border with Pakistan, has run into rough weather. Costing Rs 1 lakh a piece, the 120 ft-by-80 ft flag — weighing 125 kg and including a 5-ft base — has been replaced twice since it was hoisted for the first time on March 5 after its fabric was damaged by strong winds.

With only 12 standby flags available with the Amritsar Improvement Trust, which is in charge of the installation, among the solutions being discussed are hoisting the flag only on special occasions or using parachute fabric entirely that costs nearly Rs 4 lakh and comes with a three-month guarantee. The current flag has parachute material stitched to the cloth at vulnerable areas, on the outer sides.

Officials said that the next step would be discussed soon by a committee recently formed by the Punjab government for the maintenance of the flag, and comprising officials of the Trust and district administration.

“If we have to replace five flags in a month, it would translate into 60 flags a year. This would mean that more than Rs 60 lakh would be required annually to keep the flag hoisted. I have proposed that the flag be hoisted on special occasions like Independence Day, Republic Day and festivals like Holi and Diwali. The issue will be discussed during the meeting of the newly formed committee,” Rajeev Sekhri, superintending engineer, Amritsar Improvement Trust, told The Indian Express.

“Since this is the tallest flying Tricolour, there was no study conducted on how it would withstand the weather at such a height. We are now planning to try a flag made fully of parachute material. We have had discussions with a manufacturer already. A flag made fully of parachute fabric will cost nearly Rs 4 lakh… it comes with a guarantee of merely three months. But still, it is worth a try,” said Kamal Kohli, whose Hoshiarpur-based firm Bharat Electricals set up the infrastructure for the Tricolour.

The flag is illuminated by LED lights from three poles, each 65-ft high; and, the entire project has cost the state government about Rs 3.5 crore, so far.

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    Onkar Singh
    Mar 25, 2017 at 3:44 am
    What purpose does a flag weighing 125 kg flying at 100ft and above when the Parliament and the state emblies are filled with criminals,and the top business houses cheat the country of lakhs of crores by way of money laundering ,evasion of taxes and numerous other dubious means,and we have corrupt politicians,babus,judges,police officers,and crores of people living below poverty line?A national flag represents the pride and sacrifice of the country.But does the reality in the society really reflects those characteristics of the flag?No.So why have double standards? While the society in reality is rotten from inside,what purpose is served by flying the flag so high? Unless we want to live under a illusion that we are a great nation of the corrupt and the poor and that's what the flag represents.So the values of a good egalitarian, democratic and a just society gets undermined.Lets have country in which the people get enough food to eat,get a minimum standards of education,a reasonably priced healthcare and a criminal free legislators,a less corrupt politicians and Babu's, even if fly the National flag at a lesser height and of lesser weight.Build a country of less strife and more goodwill.Less of fake and pseudo nationalism of the present rulers of the day of this country.
    1. A
      Mar 25, 2017 at 5:43 am
      ole Parikar is fit for nothing!
      1. K
        Kay Singh
        Mar 25, 2017 at 4:32 am
        Typical way of doing things. No study; just execute a project basedon on the whim and fancy if some silly politician who is looking at the w thing from the angle of how it will benefit him.
        1. C
          Mar 25, 2017 at 1:20 am
          Obviously some contractor made money; how does this help the common man?
          1. A
            Mar 25, 2017 at 6:27 am
            The flag must be of special design with small pores on the cloth to allow the wind to p through it.
            1. J
              Mar 25, 2017 at 1:44 am
              Mitron. Let us declare the wind anti-national and send it to stan
              1. I
                Mar 25, 2017 at 4:16 am
                Hang three langotis on rest of the day
                1. S
                  Sankaran Krishnan
                  Mar 25, 2017 at 7:00 am
                  Instead it is better to utilise the materials that withstand all Weather condition and now it is not good to stop hoisting the flags after all fanfare with which it was advertised and if done on special occasions, it is not acceptable to the Indian Nationals. Hope the parae materials are used to sch the Tri-colour and let it fly high !!!
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