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Tricolour On Gujarat's Tallest Mast Tears Twice In Fortnight

Sep 06, 2017

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The iconic national flag installed on a 67 feet high flat mast - the highest in the state - was damaged again within 10 days on Friday.

The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has issued a chargesheet to its in-charge chief fire officer (CFO) in wake of the incident.

The large Tricolour was unfurled on the eve of the Independence Day by chief minister Vijay Rupani. It had become a major attraction in the city and hundreds thronged to see it every day. But within days of being unfurled, the flag was damaged on August 24.

The flag was initially repaired and hoisted again. Later, it was replaced by a new flag. Even the new flag was torn and noticed by someone on Friday forenoon. The opposition Congress also came to know about the damage to the flag. Congress members rushed to the Sama pond where the flag mast has been installed.

While the VMC officials were initially looking to hoist the flag again, a decision was taken against this in wake of the fact that the flag may be damaged again. The civic body had even brought a machine to repair the flag again, but eventually the flag was not repaired.

VMC commissioner Vinod Rao, who had also rushed to see the torn flag, said that the damage was minor and was expected to happen due to the monsoon and heavy winds. On being asked about the action against in-charge CFO Deepak Gunjal, Rao said that this was done as Gunjal did not take prompt action. "There was a delay in bringing down the flag and this led to an unnecessary controversy," he said.

Rao added that for now the flag will not be unfurled till the reasons for the incident were examined. "We will take technical advice in this regard," he said.