On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the third tallest national flagpole with 319.5 ft height and with a flag of 120×80 feet dimension has been hosted today at Gandhi Mandap of Sarania Hills in Guwahati.
On Tuesday morning, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal hoisted the national flag.
Earlier, the engineers had an experimental hoisting on September 24 and kept it overnight for some technical testing.
Along with CM Sonowal Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary took part in the programme.
The refurbishment scheme of the Gandhi Mandap — a museum constructed in memory of Mahatma Gandhi — also includes a makeover of the landscape that surrounds it, and other “infrastructure Improvement work.”
“The National flag idea was merged with the Gandhi Mandap plan only later,” said the official, who said the work order for the former was issued in March 2018. For the flag alone, the government has spent approximately 3.92 crore.
The country’s highest flagpole is located at the Indo-Pakistan border in Punjab — it was built at a cost of Rs 3.50 crore and inaugurated in 2017.
For the Assam flag, the Smart City Mission has collaborated with the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority, PMG, Tata Engineering Service and Bajaj Electricals. The execution is being done by the government’s Department of Industry and Commerce.