Mumbai: Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday unfurled Tricolour - the national flag of India, atop Haj House in Mumbai.
The National Flag, installed on the terrace of the multi-storey Haj House in Mumbai, is 350 feet above the ground level. The size of the flag is 20 feet by 30 feet which is erected at a height of 20 meter. Naqvi said it is the highest tricolour installed so far.
"It is the highest national flag installed atop a building at sea level in the country", Naqvi, who was in Mumbai to unveil Haj 2019 Action Plan, said.
Built and managed by the funds collected from Haj pilgrims, the Haj House in Mumbai is the national headquarter of Haj Committeet of India. The Haj Committee of India, which makes arrangements for the annual Haj pilgrimage to Makkah, is a statutory body of the Minority Affairs Ministry.
The Haj House, located near Mumbai CST, in itself is 300 ft in height and the pole 60 ft tall so the national flag flies over 350 ft above ground level. Given its weight and span, it will be difficult to hoist and lower the tricolour each morning and evening. Hence, the Haj Committee of India has taken special permission from the government to keep it flying day and night as monuments do.
Describing the day as 'historic', Naqvi said, "Today, we have unfurled the tallest national flag on any Indian building."
"This will also enhance the pride of Mumbai and its neighbouring regions", he added.
While releasing the Haj 2019 Action Plan, Naqvi also said that the government has requested the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council to consider the withdrawal of additional 3 per cent tax on the Haj pilgrimage.
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