Gwalior, 2 October 2014: 111 mammoth flagpole, the largest in the city was hoisted in the presence of Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Mines, Steel, Labour and Employment. Gwalior is 38th city in India for having a flagpole higher than 100 feet and 2nd in the state after Bhopal.
Hoisting of Gwalior’s highest Monumental flagpole done as an initiative to inspire Gwaliorites to take pride in displaying the Tiranga and instill sense of nationalism and patriotism among the citizens of the city. Rs. 12.50 lakh infused to hoist the flag at “The Flag Point”.
111 feet national flag in Gwalior is a matter of pride for al of us, and today we all should commit that our national flag will be high enough to be visible from every country. These were the words of Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Mines, Steel, Labour and Employment during the launch of 111 feet national flag at theme road, Gwalior. Its an initiative by Gwalior Municipal Corporation in association with Lions Club. Mayor Sameeksha Gupta presided over the function.
Speaking after the hoisting, Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Mines, Steel, Labour and Employment said, “The Tiranga enshrines the very soul of our Republic and Constitution, and is evocative of the tireless struggle of lakhs of people who sacrificed their lives for the country’s freedom. Thus, it has been a constant endeavour of Municipal Corporation to inspire young Gwaliorites to take pride in displaying the Tricolour. It is for the younger generation of today to keep the flag flying high, keeping in mind the principles the flag stands for. I am very happy that Gwalior has got its first monumental flag today.”
“Theme Road is an iconic area in the city and the photo point its landmark. Aesthetically landscaped and designed, the photo point was our obvious choice to hoist Gwalior’s tallest flagpole as it will add colour to the skyline of theme road. At a height of 111 ft., it will be visible from afar and make you feel proud of being an Indian. A visit to the Gwalior is incomplete for any tourist without visiting Theme Road and the monumental flag will become a future tourist attraction.” says Gwalior Mayor Sameeksha Gupta.
111 feet national flag has been established in front of Shrimant Vijaya Raje Scindia chhatri at photo point with the help of Janbhagidaari (public contribution) by Gwalior Municipal Corporation and Lions Club. MLA Narayan Singh Kushwah, Moderator Brijendra Singh Jadon, Divisional Commissioner K.K. Khare, Collector P. Narahari, Municipal Commissioner Ajay Gupta, Vice-chancellor of Maharaja Mansingh music University Swatantra Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of Jiwaji University Sangeeta Sharma, Former Mayor Vivek Narayan Shejwalkar, BJP State Vice President Vedprakash Sharma, BJP District President Abhay Chaudhary, Editor of Swadesh Lokendra Parashar, Senior scientist R.B. Garg, Mahavir Chakra winner Balwan Singh, Border Security Force DIG Parmindar Singh Vaish, DIG Arun Tambe, Lions Club officials Nitin Manglik, Rajendra Seth, Dr. Rakesh Raizada, Manish Goyal, Pradeep Sharma, Sudheer Vajpayee, Saket Gupta were present, including hundreds.
Normally, flags are hoisted on small poles of 20 ft. which go unnoticed. However, in the case of monumental flagpoles, they are on a pole of more than 100 ft.in height and hence they cannot be overlooked or go unnoticed. It is the sheer size and giant dimension that make them monumental, invoking a sense of nationalism and patriotism.
The site of flagpole included soil from various martyrdom sites named Amazon Rani Lakshmibai, Amazon Jhalkaribai, Martyr Amarchand Banthiya, Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil, Revolutionary Chandra Shekhar Azad, Shri Bhagwan Das Mahaur.
Brass Band of Scindia School, 18 Gradians band, SAF Second battalion band gave a rock performance and guard of honour to the flag during the flag installation. Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 gave the guard of honour to the guests. Gayatri School and Sanskar Group performed garba.