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Tricolour flies at a 100-ft high at Central

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Southern Railway has installed one of the tallest flag masts in the city at the historic Chennai Central railway station. The 100-foot flag mast was inaugurated by General Manager R.K. Kulshrestha on Friday.

A senior official of the Southern Railway said the flag mast, located in front of the entrance to the railway station , weighing around 2 tonnes, was made of galvanised iron pipes at a cost of ₹15 lakh. The position of the flag mast was selected based on the prevailing wind force and direction.

The flag is made of polyester and cotton. The 60-ft-wide flag weighs around 9.50 kg. The flag can be hoisted both manually and electronically, sources said.

The railway official said the flag mast was installed as per the order of the Railway Ministry, which planned to install flag masts at 75 major stations of the Indian Railways. The Southern Railway has installed flag masts in railway stations coming under various divisions, including Coimbatore, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam South and Kozhikode. The Railways Department has plans to install flag masts at Chennai Egmore and Thrissur shortly.

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