The world’s largest khadi tricolour National flag was unfurled in Leh Valley to celebrate the 152nd birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
The flag which was installed is the largest hand woven and hand spun cotton Khadi Flag ever manufactured in India. It measures 225 ft by 150 ft and weighs 1,000 kg and was inaugurated by Ladakh LG R.K. Mathur.
The grand ceremony was held to celebrate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi along with ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, commemorating 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.
Chief of the Army Staff General M.M. Naravane, and Lieutenant General Y.K. Joshi, GOC-in-C Northern Command also attended the event.
The army said that the flag is made by Mumbai-based Khadi Dyers and Printers which is affiliated to Khadi Village and Industries Commission.
According to Doordarshan, the Flag has been prepared by 57 Engineer Regiment of the Indian army. The responsibility was entrusted with the Sura-Soi Engineer Regiment to bring the national flag from Mumbai to Leh. They were also asked to daunt the task of installing the Tricolour National Flag at the top of the high mountains overlooking Leh for the unveiling ceremony.
During the installation, advanced Light Helicopters of the Army Aviation Squadron conducted a fly past and showered flower petals over the Indian national flag.