Guwahati: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal hoisted the country’s third tallest national flag on Tuesday. He inaugurated it on the occasion the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Mandap in Guwahati.
The flag stands at a pole height of 319.5 feet or 97.4 metres and is the third tallest in India after the ones at Attari Border and Belagavi (both 360 feet), Pimpri Chinchwad Bhakti Shakti Chawk, Pune (351 feet). However, if one were to consider the average city elevation, the flag unfurled in Guwahati on Tuesday will be India’s tallest so far. If one were to make a comparison, the flag pole in Guwahati is even taller than Qutab Minar in New Delhi, which stands at a height of 239.5 feet.
The overall weight of the flag is 400 kg and its size is 120x80 feet. The pole design has been based on the European Standard Code as no such code exists in India to design high-mast structures beyond 12.50 metres.
The flag was fabricated in 10 different pieces in a factory before being transported to the site for the final installation, official sources said. The structural design of the flag pole and the flag has been vetted by the department of civil engineering, IIT Bombay. The weight of the structural steel is around 46 metric tonnes.
The fabric used for the flag is polyester with nylon webbing. Altogether, 11 flags have been kept in reserve in case of replacement. A winch motor of 7.5-HP capacity is being used for hoisting and lowering of the flag. Arrangements for 12 350-watt LED floodlights have been made for illuminating the flag and the flag pole. “Provision of emergency power supply through a DG set of 25 KVA with AMF panel has also been arranged for the project,” said reports.
“It’s a matter of great pride and privilege for all of us to be hoisting the national tricolour in Guwahati. It’s 319.5-feet tall. As an Indian, I feel proud,” CM Sonowal said after hoisting the flag on Tuesday morning.
Expressing satisfaction over choosing Gandhi Mandap in Guwahati as the site for hoisting the flag, Nisha, a local girl, said, “We are very happy to be participating in the programme. We feel proud that the country’s third tallest national flag was hoisted here today.”