Nearly as high as the towering Qutub Minar in New Delhi, which stands 72 metres (over 235 feet) tall, the mast at Bhubaneswar has cost a whopping Rs 60,000.
The flag itself is 72-feet-wide, 48-feet-high and made of specially knitted polyester and nylon. The event organised by Flag Foundation of India (FFI), an NGO started by parliamentarian Jindal will take place at Angul near Bhubaneswar. The flag will be hoisted there on Tuesday.
“This will be a monumental feat. On no other Republic Day has the Tricolour been hoisted at such a height,” FFI chief executive officer commander (Retd) K V Singh said. Two years ago, FFI had achieved a similar feat on January 23 by raising an equally large flag at Kaithal in Haryana.
Before this, the tallest spot at which an Indian tricolour flapped was at the 46-metre flagstaff built by the East India company at Fort St George in Chennai.