Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wants the country’s biggest and highest Tricolour installed in capital Hyderabad on June 2, the state’s second birthday.
If his government gets clearance from the Airports Authority of India or AAI, the national flag will be hoisted on Thursday and then permanently flown at 303 feet (92.35 metres) at Hyderabad’s Sanjeevaiah Park by the Hussainsagar Lake.
That will beat by about 10 metres a flag in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur, which had beaten the record of a flag at 81 metres in Jharkhand’s Ranchi only last month.
AAI’s permission is needed as there are apprehensions that at such a height, the flag could interfere with the movement of aircraft that operate from airbases in and around Hyderabad.
The 72-feet by 108-feet flag, made of polyester, will weigh about 92 kg and is being procured from Mumbai. Four flags are being kept on standby, in case of damage or need for replacement.
The state’s chief engineer Ganapati Reddy said a Kolkata-based firm called Skipper has been given the contract for the mega flag project. The total cost – Rs. 1.8 crore.
Seven trucks have deposited long, hollow steel pipes, weighing about 50 tonnes, at the park. These will be joined together and erected on a concrete pedestal fitted with huge nuts and bolts to hold the steel frames. The pedestal has a 10-feet foundation.
The top engineer said the flag post will be about 1.8 metres wide at the bottom and will taper to about half a metre on top and “will take care of all wind loads and the dead weight of the mast, which is some 100 tonnes.”
The civil works of the foundation was done Mr Reddy said and the flag would now be put together in time for a rehearsal before it is hoisted on June 2, the day India’s youngest state was born two years ago. “It will be the pride of Hyderabad with beautiful lighting around it,” said senior bureaucrat Sunil Sharma,