The largest tricolour in Maharashtra, measuring 30x20 feet and weighing nine kilograms was unfurled on Saturday on a 100-feet pole at the prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA) , an official said.
A large number of NDA cadets and officers witnessed the unique ceremony where the 600-square feet huge national flag was unfurled. The NDA was gifted the tricolour by the Flag Foundation of India (FFI), said FFI Chief Executive Officer Commander (Retired) KV Singh.
"Made of knitted polyester, weighing nine kg, it is till date the largest dimension national flag to be flown in Maharashtra," Mr Singh told Indo-Asian News Service (IANS). The flag was unfurled on a 100-feet pole, which was also gifted by FFI.
Prior to this, two months ago, President Pratibha Patil had unfurled by remote control device, the country's largest tricolour - measuring 90x60 feet - on a 206 feet tall pole, in Kurukshetra.
The FFI has already installed another 10 huge flags - measuring 72x48 feet - in different parts of India, Mr Singh said.
He also said that FFI plans to install a 90x60 feet flag in Mumbai soon for permanent display. It will be manufactured by a private company, Flag Shop, Mumbai, which specialises in making giant flags.
"The sea-front location has already been identified and we are in the process of completing other official formalities," he said.
Visible from a long distance in the city, it will be on permanent display and will be illuminated at night as per existing flag protocols.
The 30x20 flag is the sixth FFI venture in the country, including in army units and Southern Command, Pune, Bhopal, Hissar, Mathura, Jhansi and now NDA, Pune.
Present on the momentous occasion were Lieutenant General AK Singh, GOC-in-C Southern Command, Lieutenat General Jatinder Singh, Rear Admiral Anand Iyer, Mr Naveen Jindal and other officials.