The Centre’s proposal to hoist the Indian tricolour atop every university campus in the wake of the JNU agitation, has evoked curiosity. Reports suggest that enormous flags spanning 48×72 feet may be installed on 206 ft tall poles.
Two days ago, the largest flag in the country measuring 66×99 ft returned home to Mumbai from Ranchi for repair. It was installed atop Pahadi Mandir by defence minister Manohar Parrikar on January 23. Apart from being a historic temple of Lord Shiva, Pahadi Mandir is a site where the British government would hang India’s freedom fighters.
The flag may have torn during the mechanical installation. Its manufacturer Gyan Shah of the Mahalaxmi-based Flag Shop says that hoisting and maintaining large flags is a herculean task. “The Ranchi tricolour weighs 65kg. It is seven storeys tall and ten storeys in span. It could well cover half a football stadium,” he said with a laugh.
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