The Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India (North), IHM Srinagar, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling in a joint effort displayed a 7500 sq. ft Indian Tricolour at the bank of Dal Lake, Srinagar, celebrating the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence and Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
The Flag itself weighed 80-85 kg with supporting elements. It is pertinent to mention that Team HMI had displayed the same flag first in Sikkim Himalayas in April 2021 and subsequently at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata on Aug 15, 2021, and at the Statue of Unity, Gujarat on Oct 31, 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. In line with Govt. of India’s Har Ghar Tiranga campaign and also Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the flag is being displayed in Srinagar.
Before arrival in Srinagar, the flag was displayed in Darjeeling on Aug 8, 2022, on the occasion of 80 years of the 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 could withstand the weather extremities from high-velocity mountain winds to the subzero temperature of Antarctica and also other extreme weather elements.
Hon’ble Lt Governor Shri Manoj Sinha of Jammu & Kashmir was the Chief Guest and addressed this historic event. In his speech, Hon’ble Lt Governor extended a warm greeting to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and mentioned about the developmental plan for the next 25 years.
Shri Anil Oraw, Regional Director (North), traditionally welcomed the Hon’ble Lt Governor and spoke about the importance of displaying the flag in Dal Lake Srinagar. Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta IAS, Chief Secretary, J&K, Shri Sarmad Hafeez, IAS Principal Secretary and other senior Govt Officials, travel trade stakeholders, and media attended the gigantic 7500 sq ft ceremony. The event was attended by people from all walks of life including representatives from the travel and hospitality sector, hoteliers, government officials, students, media and others.