Jharkhand is set to get the world’s largest Tricolour flying atop the country’s tallest flagpole at the Pahari temple in Ranchi, beating a record held by a flag in Haryana’s Faridabad by several feet.
Standing tall at 293 feet, and measuring 99 by 66 feet, the Ranchi Tricolour will be up for a “trial run” this week, a Pahari temple management official disclosed.
“The flag post has been built while lighting work began two days ago. We are expecting everything to be ready within a week,” said Hari Jalan, treasurer of the Pahari Mandir Vikas Samiti.
Close to 120 workers have been working in two shifts to build the flagpole while the entire project cost is estimated to be about Rs 1.25 crore.
“The work took 40 days. We will add aviation light and a lightening arrester on top of the flag post,” said Deepak Bhardwaj, the CMD of Urmila RCP Projects Limited, the Jharkhand-based company contracted to build the flag post.
The temple committee has written to chief minister Raghubar Das to try to get Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the flag.
“The Pahari temple has had an illustrious history of flag hoisting since 1947. The Indian flag has been hoisted on every Republic Day since Independence on the temple premises. Now, to have the world’s largest flag is an honour,” Jalan said.