Srinagar: Union Ministry of Tourism, Institute of Hotel Management Srinagar, and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling in a joint effort displayed a 7500 square feet Indian Tricolour at the bank of Dal Lake, Srinagar.
This was as part of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence and Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
The Flag itself was weighing 80-85 kg with supporting elements. It is pertinent to mention that Team HMI had displayed the same Flag first time in Sikkim Himalayas in April 2021 and subsequently, at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata on 15th Aug 21 and Statue of Unity, Gujarat on 31 Oct 2021.
Thereafter, the Flag was displayed in Antarctica, setting the World Record of the Largest National Flag of any country displayed for the first time in Antarctica. Now, in line with Govt. of India’s Har Ghar Tiranga campaign and also Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Flag is being displayed in Srinagar.
The Flag, before arrival in Srinagar, was displayed in Darjeeling on 08 Aug 2022 on the occasion of 80 Years of QUIT INDIA MOVEMENT. Since the Flag is so huge, it was made in three panels. Special attention was given to its stability factor and safety anchors were appropriately fitted so that the Flag can withstand the weather extremities from high-velocity mountain winds to the subzero temperature of Antarctica and also other extreme weather elements.
Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha was the Chief Guest and addressed this historic event. In his speech, Lt Governor extended a warm greeting to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and talked about the developmental plan for the next 25 years.
Anil Oraw, Regional Director (North) traditionally welcome the Hon’ble Lt Governor and spoke about the importance of displaying the flag in Dal Lake Srinagar. Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, Sarmad Hafeez, Principal Secretary, and other senior government officials, travel trade stakeholders, and media attended the ceremony.