GUWAHATI, Sept 24 - Officials of the Guwahati Smart City Limited (GSCL) today carried out the trial run of hoisting the national flag at a height of 312 feet at the Gandhi Mandap here in presence of State Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary.
�The trial run was successfully carried out around 4 pm. We now aim to formally inaugurate the flag on October 2,� Siddharth Singh, managing director of the GSCL told The Assam Tribune.
The project of hoisting the flag is funded by the State industry department and it has been implemented under the Guwahati Smart City Project. The flag will be a main attraction of Gandhi Mandap, a vintage tourist location of Guwahati.
The flag was earlier scheduled to be formally inaugurated on August 15 on the occasion of Independence Day, but the flood in upper Assam and incessant rainfall in Guwahati delayed the work. The project has been designed by IIT Bombay and executed by Bajaj Electricals. The height of the flag will be 80 feet and its width 120 feet. The 312-foot (93 metres) pole is made of high-strength steel and weighs around 46,000 kg. The project was started in April this year and is estimated to cost Rs 2.91 crore.
GSCL managing director Singh stated that now the landscaping work of the place under the �Refurbishment of Gandhi Mandap� project of smart city mission is under way and will be complete before October 2.