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Punjab: Country’s largest tricolour hoisted near Attari border

Amritsar: A mammoth tricolour, believed to be the largest in the country with the tallest flag post, has been been inaugurated at the Indo-Pak Attari Border here.

Punjab Minister Anil Joshi on Sunday inaugurated the flag measuring 110 metres (360-foot) in length, 24 metres in width and weighing 55 tonnes.

The flag post, which stands 110 metres tall, now outflanks the 91.44 metres (300-foot) high tricolour in Ranchi which was till now considered the tallest in the country.

The flag mast, which has been installed just 150 metres away from the border, became an attraction for the thousands of tourists who had reached there to watch the Beating Retreat Ceremony at sunset.

Built at an approximate cost of Rs 3.50 crore, it was a project of the Amritsar Improvement Trust Authority of the Punjab government.

Joshi told reporters that it was his dream project which has now turned into reality.

“With the Model Code of Conduct for the Assembly elections being in place in the state, the minister got special permission from the Election Commission for the inauguration,” officials said.

Amritsar already has a 170 foot tall flag in the local Ranjit Avenue Public Park.

Plans to hoist the colossal tricolour on Republic Day were delayed due to some technical reasons.

PTI