Trivandrum: Come August 15 and the nation will celebrate its 65th independence day. Nothing could have made Trivandrumites prouder than witnessing the huge tri-color flag being hoisted up the 206 foot high flag pole. But the citizens would have to be disappointed this year, because the office of Shahsi Tharoor, MP, confirms that the flag pole will take 'atleast' one more month to attain a vertical stance.
“We might get the NOC from the Airport Authority by August 15; but to have it erected requires special machinery that needs to be transported from Chennai. The process would need atleast one more month, anyway you look at it,” says Praveen, Secretary to Shashi Tharoor.
With all the technical snags and delays, the project is now over one year old and still grappling with an obscure time frame as to when the pole would be finally erected. The announcement had been made that Trivandrum was to be the proud host of the nation's tallest flag pole last June. Since then, the pole has been transported in segments, joined together, given an ornamental cap at the top, with the platform to hold the pole also made ready in the meantime.
When it was about to be erected a few months back, the lifting of the pole had caused it to bend dangerously due to its own weight. , it was pointed out that the NOC, required from the Airport Authority of India for every high rise structure in the city, was never given to the pole in the first place.
The Director of AAI had made it clear earlier that AAI had no qualms about giving the NOC to the flag pole. And yet the no objection certificate is yet to be procured for inexplicable reasons.
Moreover, the Flag Foundation of India that is installing this flag pole in Trivandrum, has dotted the country with a series of flag poles similar in dimension to the one that's still lying down in Kanakakunnu Palace Grounds. The flag pole, when it eventually is erected, in all probability would no longer be the tallest flag pole in India.