Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will unveil India’s second tallest national flag at Sanjeevaiah Park on Thursday, on the occasion of the second anniversary of Telangana’s formation.
The flag will be hoisted on a 291-foot-high pole. Though the Chief Minister wanted a 303-foot-high pole, which would have made it the tallest in the country, its height has been reduced after the Airports Authority of India denied permission for the same.
The government has spent nearly Rs 2 crore on the project. The tallest tri-colour is on a 293-foot-high pole, in Ranchi, Jharkhand. “We got approval for 291 ft. Accordingly, all arrangements have been made for the flag hoisting by the CM on Thursday,” said Mr Ashok, executive engineer, Roads & Buildings department.
The flag has been made by the Flag Foundation of India in Mumbai while a spare flag is being readied in Khammam district. AAI authorities in Hyderabad had earlier given permission for a 167-foot-high pole. However, on the request of the TS government, they had forwarded the application to the AAI headquarters in Delhi for the 303-foot-high pole. The flag itself is 72-foot high and 108-foot wide, while the Ranchi flag is 66-foot-high and 99-foot-wide.