The Telangana government's plans to unfurl the country's tallest National Flag in Hyderabad on the occasion of the state's Formation Day on June 2 has run into some unexpected trouble.
With less than 10 days left, the government is reportedly seeking permissions for the flagpole at Sanjeevaiah park from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) as the location is situated near the old airport at Begumpet.
Though closed for commercial flights, the old airport is still functional.
Noting that there is a national flag at Ranchi at a height of 293 feet, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had proposed that the flag should be taller than 300 feet.
The Times of India reported:
The option before the government at present is either to compromise on the height of the flagpole (less than the proposed 303 feet) or most likely wait beyond June 2 to secure the required permissions.
"The aeronautical study committee of AAI is expected to inspect the site in the next few days. The committee will examine the feasibility of desired height for the proposed flag post and also possible obstacles for flight operations. The problem is that the aeronautical study requires a couple of weeks as the report consists of three sections. As per AAI guidelines, the committee can submit the report within 30 days from the date of visit," an official of the general administration department (GAD) told TOI.