The National Capital may soon get another giant Indian Flag.
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has cleared a project to install a 45-metre or 143-foot flagpole to flaunt the Indian flag at Town Hall, the old headquarters of the municipal corporation in Chandni Chowk.
Sources said the giant flag will be set up in collaboration with the Hindustani Mercantile Association (HMA).
“As per the agreement, the association will bear the expenses of the installation of the flagpole and future maintenance, whereas the municipal corporation will provide the land,” said a municipal official.
The proposed flagpole will be the second tallest in the city after the one at Connaught Place, which is 207-feet high. The tallest flagpole of the country has been installed in Ranchi, Jharkhand, and stands towering at 293 feet.
Officials said the decision to hand over maintenance of the flagpole to Hindustani Mercantile Association was taken as the north civic body was grappling with an acute shortage of funds.
Hindustan Times had on June 22 reported that the Indian flag hoisted at Central Park, Connaught Place, had torn approximately 134 times in 2014 essentially leading authorities to spend close to `87 lakh on its repairs.
Senior officials of the north corporation said that they were still trying to zero in on a spot in the Townhall where the flagpole will be installed.
“We have given our approval for the installation of the flag. All other permissions and clearances from concerned government departments, including Delhi Police, airport authorities and the fire department will have to be procured by HMA,” said Parwesh Wahi, standing committee chairman of North MCD.
Wahi said that apart from developing a sense of national pride among the youth, the flag will also provide a heritage makeover to the historically important Town Hall.