A 120-foot-long and 80-foot-wide Tricolour was hoisted on India’s tallest 360-foot flag post at the border on Sunday. Till now, Ranchi had the tallest flag mast, at 300 feet.
The post stands near the retreat ceremony area on the Punjab government land and the Rs 4-crore project was completed by the Amritsar Improvement Trust.
The project was inaugurated by Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi at a ceremony attended by officers of the Border Security Force and BJP leaders, including former state chief Kamal Sharma. Officials of the district administration didn’t attend the ceremony due to poll code of conduct during elections.
As the Tricolour was hoisted on the imposing iron mast, it became an instant attraction for the tourists, who took selfies and pictures to capture the flag in the background. Floodlights have been installed around the flag post that will make it visible during the night. The flag will be visible miles away from the border.
- Height of the pole: 360 feet
- Pole weight: 55 tonnes
- Flag weight:100 kg (approx)
- Flag dimension:120x80 feet
Terming this as his dream project, Joshi said he took special permission from the Election Commission for the inauguration. “This is the right place to this project as thousands of people come here every day. This will inculcate a feeling of patriotism in their minds,” he said.
BSF inspector general for Punjab Frontier, Mukul Goel, said, “It is a matter of great honour that the Tricolour has been hoisted on the highest flag post here. We appreciate the effort of the Punjab government.” On there was any objection to the project from Pakistan, he said no reservations were received from the neighbouring country. BSF DIG JS Oberoi was also present.