GUWAHATI, Aug 14 - The trial run of hoisting the National Flag at a height of 312 feet in Guwahati will be done tomorrow, said Managing Director of Guwahati Smart City Limited Rupak Kumar Mazumder today. He also said the formal hoisting of the Tricolour will be held soon.
The flag, which will be hoisted at Gandhi Mandap atop the Sarania Hill, 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 for the last one month delayed the work.
�We had brought the crane to raise the pole from Dibrugarh, but the flood in upper Assam delayed its arrival in Guwahati. Again, due to intermittent rains in Guwahati, work on the site suffered,� he said.
He informed that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is likely to formally hoist the Tricolour next week. �Today, we erected the pole and the final touches will be given soon,� he added.
Officials of GSCL informed that 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, funded by the State Industry department.