The 170-foot-high national flag installed in the city last year has been missing for past two weeks. Reason: It keeps tearing apart, unable to bear the winds at such a height.
The Amritsar Improvement Trust, which is responsible for the upkeep of the Tricolour installed at Anand Park in September last, had to replace it around 10 times. Each time, it cost Rs 1 lakh.
This time, however, the trust has decided against shelling out more money until a flag with stronger material can be procured. The trust is also looking for a company that can maintain the tallest flag of the state, but has not found any takers yet.
“The flag has torn a number of times. Beyond the height of 30 feet, winds are strong, and only parachute material can sustain these,” said trust chairman Sandeep Rishi.
The trust has asked the New Delhi firm that has supplied the Tricolour for replacement, but to no avail. “The firm, which supplies the flag across the country, has said all flags are made of the same material (shiny knitted polyester) approved under the Flag Code. We are facing the problem because of the height,” said Rishi.
The trust chairman said they are in a fix, as they cannot replace the flag on their own, as they need to abide with the code.
“We have no experts to repair the flag. Each times it gets torn, we end up replacing it. I am looking into the matter at a personal level, and trying to find an alternative under the Flag Code,” said Rishi.
The trust chairman said there are plans of installing the country’s tallest flag (350-foot high), but it might face the same fate if an alternative is not found.
STRONGER MATERIAL NEEDED
The firm, which supplies the flag across the country, has said all flags are made of the same material (shiny knitted polyester) approved under the Flag Code. A flag made of a stronger material is needed at a height of 170 feet.