Sunday , September 23 2018

India’s largest tricolour hoisted near Attari border

The flag post measuring 110 metres (360-foot) in length, 24 metres in width and weighing 55 tonnes inaugurated at the Indo-Pak Attari Border. 

Amritsar: A mammoth tricolour, believed to be the countries largest  flag post, has been been inaugurated at the Indo-Pak Attari Border.

Anil Joshi Punjab state minister inaugurated the flag post, a top which a Tricolour was hoisted. The flag measuring (360 foot)  110 metres length, 24 metres wide, and weighs 55 tonnes.

Indian flag

The  flag  post was a project by the Amritsar Improvement Trust Authority, which is a part of the Punjab government built at an approximate cost of Rs 3.50 crore.

The flag post, installed at the Indo-Pak Attari border, became an attraction for thousands of tourists who had reached there to watch the daily beating retreat ceremony at sunset.

The pole is very high and which is also visible from Lahore, almost 24 kms away.

Even people from the Pakistan side of the border were seen watching the Indian flag with keen interest.

Earlier the countries tallest flag post was in in Ranchi, Jharkhand.  Amritsar already has a 170-foot high flag post, in the Ranjit Avenue Public Park .  Earlier it  was planned to hoist  the Tricolour at the new Attari post on Republic Day but it was delayed due to some  technical reasons. Speaking to media, Joshi called that it was his “dream project” and was happy to have it become reality.

Pakistan has already raised concerns on the issue of hoisting a tallest flag. According to the reports that the Pakistan Rangers, during a meeting with the Border Security Force (BSF), expressed distresses over such a tall structure being installed just 200 metres away from such a critical international border.

Islamabad’s concerns are regarding safety and surveillance issues. The BSF, however, is learnt to have discounted the anxiety as unfounded, according to the report.

However, according to reports, Indian specialists had made it clear that the flag was being installed 200 metres before the zero line and thus was not a violation in any manner. “Not to my knowledge. It is our national flag and nobody can stop us from hoisting it on our soil,” Joshi was quoted by the report as saying.

 

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