350-foot high National Flag at Attari border project still on paper

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jul 29, 2016 15:39 IST
Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi (centre) with BSF DIG Sumer Singh (third from right), Amritsar Improvement Trust Chairman Sandeep Rishi (right) and others, laying the foundation stone for the project to hoist the highest Tricolour at Attari border in Amritsar. (HT File )

The project to install a 350 feet high national flag at Attari border is yet to see light of the day as the Amritsar Improvement Trust, which was to execute the project is yet to procure land for the project.

In April, Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi had laid the foundation stone for the project near the VIP parking, close to the gallery where thousands of spectators reach every evening to watch the retreat ceremony.

Initially, the plan was to inaugurate the highest Tricolour on this Independence Day, but till now, things continue to be only on paper for this Rs 3.75 crore project. Till now, the highest flag hoisted stands at 300 feet at Ranchi.

Sources said there is reluctance to provide land at the place where the foundation stone was laid. This has forced the Amritsar Improvement Trust to look for an alternative site.

A team of the Trust had gone to Attari on Thursday and were suggested land outside the customs gate, far from the border.

Talking to HT, chairman of the Trust Sandeep Rishi said, “The foundation stone was laid in April but there has been no progress till now. This is because we are yet to get the land from the BSF (Border security Force). There are speculations that there are objections to such a height near the b1order. But we are not sure.”

When the foundation stone was laid, the Trust had demanded 1,000 square yards of space and also planned to make a park around the flag.

However, a BSF officer said, “The officials of the Trust are yet to approach them with a proposal. Nothing is decided on the site of the project. We will definitely come out with a plan once the Trust puts up its proposal.”

Meanwhile, Trust officials claimed they were constantly in touch with the BSF and the project will be completed once the land is allocated.

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