Patriotic fervour engulfed the famous temple town of Bhadrachalam as students of Dr. Paul Raj Engineering College created a history of sorts by unveiling a 3.2-km-long national flag on the occasion of 63rd Republic Day on Thursday.
Thousands of volunteers led by the engineering students unveiled the flag stretching from Meduvai village to the entrance point of the bridge. The students stood at strategic locations on the entire stretch of the designated route in long rows. The mammoth flag weighed about 800 kg with the help of thousands of volunteers, including local citizens. A helicopter was hired by the college to capture the aerial photos of the programme. The chopper hovered over the area and showered flower petals on the participants of the mega event. The temple town reverberated with spirited slogans of “Vande Mataram” and “Mera Bharat Mahan” during the programme.
ITDA, Bhadrachalam, Project Officer Praveen Kumar, Bhadrachalam sub-collector Ch. Harikiran, and MLA K. Satyavathi, among others, greeted the students . The celebrations reached a crescendo with the announcement of the organisers claiming that they had successfully unveiled the “world's longest Indian national flag”. College secretary K. Abraham, said that they would dispatch the photographs and CDs containing the video recording of the entire programme to the authorities of Guinness Book of World Records. The flag prepared at a cost of Rs.2 lakh covered a stretch of 3.2 km.