Nagpur: Catching up with the current trend among cities of erecting tall flagpoles, Union Surface Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday performed bhoomipujan for erecting 200-foot tall flagpost for unfurling the tricolor at historic Kasturchand Park herte.
“The project depicts national pride and patriotism in great magnitude. The 200-foot flagpole would add glory to Nagpur City and will attract a number of tourists,” Gadkari stated after the ground-breaking ceremony. The monumental project is being undertaken jointly by Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Lokmat Group of Newspapers.
Other dignitaries present on the occasion include Mayor Pravin Datke, former Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda, Legislators Anil Sole, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Dr Milind Mane, Nagpur Heritage Conservation Committee Chairman Arun Patankar, Divisional Commissioner Anup Kumar, Police Commissioner Dr K Venkateshan, NIT Chairman Dr Deepak Mhaisekar, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, 118 Infantry Battalion’s Subhedar Virendra Singh, Standing Committee Chairman Sudhir Raut, Sandeep Joshi, Dayashankar Tiwari, Gopal Bohre and others.
“It is a proud moment for Nagpur City that the monumental 200-foot tall flagpole is being erected at the historic Kasturchand Park. The flagpole will imbibe patriotic feeling among citizens in great vigour. The flagpost is being constructed in accordance with the directive principles of Union Home Ministry and Flag Code of India. The 200-foot tall post will host 90X60 foot national flag. Permission for 1000 sq ft land for erecting the flagpole has been approved. The project has also received no objection certificates from Heritage Committee, Civil Aviation Authority, District Collector, Police Department as well as from Nagpur Metro Rail,” Gadkari said.
Mayor Datke elaborated on the finer points of the project. “NMC will bear expenses for beautification of the ambitious project, safety wall, landscaping, maintenance, and other aspects while Lokmat Group will provide funds for erection of the flagpost and lighting,” Datke said.