Pune: The largest
tricolour in Maharashtra, measuring 30x20 feet and weighing nine
kg was Saturday unfurled on a 100-ft pole at the prestigious
National Defence Academy (NDA) here, an official said.
A large number of NDA cadets and officers witnessed the unique
ceremony where the 600-square feet huge national flag was
unfurled. The NDA was gifted the tricolour by the Flag Foundation
of India (FFI), said FFI Chief Executive Officer Commander (Retd)
"Made of knitted polyester, weighing nine kg, it is till date the
largest dimension national flag to be flown in Maharashtra," Singh
told IANS. The flag was unfurled on a 100-ft pole, which was also
gifted by FFI.
Prior to this, two months ago, President Pratibha Patil had
unfurled by remote control device, the country's largest tricolour
- measuring 90x60 feet - on a 206 feet tall pole, in Kurukshetra.
The FFI has already installed another 10 huge flags - measuring
72x48 feet - in different parts of India, Singh said.
Singh said FFI plans to install a 90x60 feet flag in Mumbai soon
for permanent display. It will be manufactured by a private
company, Flag Shop, Mumbai, which specialises in making giant
"The sea-front location has already been identified and we are in
the process of completing other official formalities," he said.
Visible from a long distance in the city, it will be on permanent
display and will be illuminated at night as per existing flag
The 30x20 flag is the sixth FFI venture in the country, including
in army units and Southern Command, Pune, Bhopal, Hissar, Mathura,
Jhansi and now NDA, Pune.
Present on the momentous occasion were Lt. Gen. A.K. Singh, GOC-in-C
Southern Command, Lt. Gen. Jatinder Singh, Rear Admiral Anand Iyer,
MP Naveen Jindal and other officials.