The huge Indian National Flag at Connaught Place – “A City Landmark”. With Independence Day around the corner, we thought we should post this blog. This is the largest flag flying in India. It is 60 feet wide, 90 feet long, and weighs a huge 35 kilograms.
Unlike other flags, it is not lowered at sunset, because it is adequately illuminated. This is as per the policy announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2009, that the National Flag could fly day-and-night on a pole of a height of 100 ft. and above with proper illumination.
This flag is a new addition to Delhi’s skyline. It was hosted in March 2014 by the Flag Foundation of India.
“The Central Park flag is becoming like a monument,” says K.V. Singh, the CEO of FFI. At his tiranga-filled office in south Delhi’s gleaming Jindal Centre, he says: “Recently somebody scribbled ‘I love Geeta’ on the flagpole. Thankfully it was in ink and we wiped it off with a dimmer.”
The breeze of a fair-weather day makes the flag flutter smoothly, the metallic cable clattering against the pole. Shoppers capture the scenes on their smartphones, probably unaware that the fluttering of the cloth results in repeated wear and tear — it takes tailors about 6 hours to repair a torn flag; one-time repair costs 3,000 rupees. While a new flag costs 65,000 rupees, it can be given facelifts three times a month depending on the wind velocity in that period.
Sitting idle under a peepal tree in N-block, Mr Vikas, who uses only one name, says: “I feel nothing on seeing the tiranga.” With his back to the flag, the 25-year-old says, “Why should I feel proud? There is nothing for me right now.”
The eldest of three brothers, Mr Vikas used to support his widowed mother until he resigned from a badly paid sales job in April. Since then he has been unable to find work. “I was getting 8,000 rupees at the most. That is nothing. Thankfully my brother has got something in Vodafone.” Turning towards the flag, he stares at it for a few moments before saying: “I’m not satisfied with its height. It should have been taller.”
When his attention is drawn to the smooth-flowing tricolour, Mr Ranbeer, a shoeshine boy in Connaught Place’s Inner Circle who claims to be 14 but looks much younger, says: “Everyone takes its photo. I don’t know what it is.”