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Gandhi Mandap Tricolour damaged, replacement soon
Staff Reporter

 GUWAHATI, Nov 7 - An inquiry has been ordered after the Indian Tricolour installed at Gandhi Mandap here suffered a tear reportedly due to high wind pressure.

 Official sources said that the inquiry is being conducted by Principal Secretary, Guwahati Development Department, Maninder Singh.

The Tricolour was formally hoisted by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on October 2 last in a ceremony held in conformity with Gandhi Jayanti.

Official sources also said that as soon as the issue was brought to its notice, the Guwahati Smart City Limited authorities initiated necessary corrective measures and immediately informed M/s Bajaj Electricals Limited – the contractors responsible for the installation and maintenance of this project.

“A local team is attending to the issue, and considering the sheer size and magnitude of the Flag and the height of the structure, it would require a considerable amount of work under expert supervision. The Flag, which has dimensions of 120 x 80 feet and weighs approximately half a ton, would require careful handling, for which a team of experts from Bajaj Electricals Limited is on its way to Assam to carry out the necessary repair work,” the officials said.

The GSCL has been in constant communication with Bajaj Electricals Limited, the sources said, adding that after lowering the Flag under expert supervision, Bajaj Electricals Limited will immediately take up necessary maintenance work on the pole and its components, including its repainting. The Flag pole and the structure are completely safe.

The GSCL had previously acquired an additional 10 spare flags for such unforeseen natural eventualities. The corrective work is likely to take about a week’s time to be completed, after which a new Flag will be hoisted.

As per the representatives of Bajaj Electricals Limited, wear and tear in such high-mast installations is sometimes observed owing to high wind velocity and pressure at that height. 

It is to be noted that the 319.5-ft tall Flag pole, which is the highest in the country with respect to the average elevation of the city, was commissioned earlier this year. If one considers only the height of the pole, it is ranked third tallest in the country.

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