Guwahati: The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has decided to install a National Flag atop a 100-feet tall pole at each of the 38 major stations across the zone during the current financial year, an official said here on Wednesday.
The “monumental” National Flag is being installed as per directives of the Railway Board to improve the aesthetics of the stations and to impart a sense of nationalism and patriotism among the passengers, NFR chief public relations officer Subhanan Chanda said.
The NFR will erect the 100 feet tall flag poles at stations located in the state capital, district headquarters, places of historical or tourist importance across the zone.
Such a National Flag has already been installed, one each at Guwahati and New Jalpaiguri railway stations.
The NFR has identified 38 stations in five divisions for installing the National Flag — seven stations in Katihar division, four in Alipurduar, 10 in Rangiya, 12 in Lumding and five in Tinsukia division, the official said. These locations are selected considering the availability of space, good visibility and other safety and security measures, Chanda added.
Each of these divisions is headed by a divisional railway manager, a senior administrative grade officer of the rank of joint secretary to the Union government.
The 38 stations, each of which will hoist a gigantic National Flag are: Katihar Jn, Kishanganj, Darjeeling, Purnea Jn, New Coochbehar, Alipurduar Jn, Kokrajhar, New Bongaigaon, Barpeta Road, Goalpara Town, North Lakhimpur, Naharlagun, Kamakhya, Agartala, Udaipur, Dimapur, Silchar, Karimganj, New Haflong, New Tinsukia Jn, Dibrugarh and Jorhat Town.
The Northeast Frontier Railway is one of the 18 railway zones in India. Headquartered in Maligaon, Guwahati in the state of Assam, it is responsible for rail operations in the entire Northeast and parts of West Bengal and Bihar.