Pune: It has been several months since the flag, which is claimed to be among the largest national flag poles in the country by Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), has been removed. It was also claimed by the civic body that the flag can withstand the winds and rains when it was unveiled on January 26 this year.
Deepak Supekar, Civil Department Executive Engineer of PCMC said that the flag has been removed due to heavy rains and will be mounted again after the monsoon.
Satish Ingale, the then Civil Department executive engineer of PCMC, had claimed that it could stay for a longer period of time and can withstand the elements. Now, when asked about the sudden removal of the flag, Supekar, who has been promoted as an executive engineer, said, “I do not know when the flag was removed, as I have joined as an executive engineer of the Civil Department just some days back. It was probably removed because of heavy rains, as it became heavy due to rains and it could have suffered from tears. Also, it could have led to accidents as well.”
“It will be mounted again after the monsoons. The material used for the current flag is knitted polyester. And it is 120*80 feet, weighting 90 kg and can sustain winds up to 25 km per hour. But since the current flag cannot withstand winds more than 25 km per hour, we are in contact with a company in Mumbai, which is looking for another fabric, which does not absorb water and can withstand any kind of weather,” Supekar added.