Indian red faces over tallest flag | 2017-03-31 |

Indian red faces over tallest flag

    31st March, 2017 02:47:13 printer

Indian red faces over tallest flag

India’s tallest flag, which towers over the border with arch-rival Pakistan, is causing red faces - because it cannot stand up to the weather, reports BBC.


The tricolour was hoisted last month but keeps getting torn by the wind and is being replaced for a fourth time.


It was launched with media fanfare but now officials say national pride is being dented and money wasted.


Pakistanis are likely to be amused - the aim was for the flag to be seen from deep inside their territory.  


Indian press reports at the time said the 106m (350ft)-tall flag at the Wagah crossing would be visible from Lahore, 20km (12.5 miles) away.


Instead, officials have had to spend more money on replacements because by law a damaged flag cannot be flown.


Suresh Mahajan, the chairman of the Amritsar Improvement Trust, which is responsible for maintaining the flag, said that the situation amounted to a “crime”.