Ranchi: Stuck for 10 days, largest Tricolour brought down

              The scaffolding material was sourced from major building groups active in the district. They also provided the labourers. The entire task was undertaken under the guidance of Mecon India Limited Engineers.. The flag was hoisted on January 23 by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at Pahari Mandir in Ranchi.

The country’s largest Tricolour at Pahari Mandir here, which got stuck ten days ago while being hoisted, was finally brought down Thursday afternoon. A team of over 35 labourers worked for nearly a week to erect a 50m high scaffolding to reach the point where the flag was stuck.

Ranchi Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar, who is also the chairperson of the Pahari Mandir Samiti, said that they would consider all technical aspects before hoisting the flag again.

Mukesh Agarwal, spokesperson for the Samiti, said many labourers were required to handle the 99ft X 66ft flag, weighing around 60 kg.

“We are relieved that it has been brought down with due honour,” he said.

He added that they would factor in all technical aspects before hoisting the flag again. “We are going to factor in wind speed, weight, the flag’s fabric and every other aspect before hoisting it again,” said Agarwal.

The flag, the largest in the country, was hoisted on the tallest flagpost (293 ft) on January 23 by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Since then, the flag got torn at least four times.

Experts, however, said that damage to such heavy flags was not unnatural.

On April 17, when a new flag was being hoisted through a motorised pulley system, the rope got dislocated from its pulley and the flag was stuck.

Incidentally, it was stuck at almost two-thirds height of the flagpost, giving an impression of flying at ‘half mast’.

The engineers tried several options for the first three days and also sought the Army’s help. When the Army said it could not provide choppers immediately, the Samiti launched Plan B. On April 22, labourers provided by local real-state firms started erecting a scaffolding to reach the flag and bring it down.

The scaffolding material, too, was sourced from the realty groups. The entire task was monitored by engineers of Mecon India Limited.

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