For all those who are still battling it out to find which one of the flags at Hyderabad or Ranchi is the tallest flag in the country, here’s a latest inductee into the list, which beats both Hyderabad and Ranchi’s flags by quite a distance.
India on Sunday hoisted a 360-foot tall flag, the tallest in the country at the Attari border with Pakistan. A 293-foot high tricolour in Jharkhand’s Ranchi was the tallest flag before this was hoisted.
The flag has been installed on a 110-meter high mast. It is 120-foot long, 80-foot wide and weighs around 55 tonnes. It was hoisted by Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Punjab government Minister for Local Bodies, Medical Education & Research Anil Joshi. The Punjab government has invested around Rs 3.50 crore on this project and the contract to maintain this flag has been given to a private company.
As one would expect, neighbors Pakistan had their set of objections in the installation of this flag as they presume it might as well be used as a spy by the Indian Army. Pakistan rangers, which is a border patrolling body similar to India’s Border Security Force (BSF), has conveyed its displeasure to the Indian side.
BSF is also planning to increase the seating capacity of visitor’s gallery from 7000 seats to over 20,000. “It is our national flag and nobody can stop us from hoisting it on our soil,” said Anil Joshi.