Hyderabad: On the occasion of the second anniversary of Telangana’s formation, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao unfurled the second tallest National Flag at Sanjeevaiah Park on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished Telangana on its second statehood day and hoped the state progressed to new heights in the coming years.
"On the Statehood Day of Telangana, my greetings to the people of Telangana. I hope the state progresses to new heights in the years to come," the Prime Minister tweeted.
"I convey my greetings to my sisters & brothers of Andhra Pradesh. My best wishes as the state continues to develop at a rapid pace," he added.
The flag was 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 Telangana 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....