Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s hologram has been disabled today due to high wind speed and rain, top government sources have told DailyExpertNews, adding that they wanted to prevent a “short circuit” and also protect this “very expensive hologram”.
“As you can see, the hologram was functioning perfectly yesterday night and the day before. We will make it operational as soon as wind speeds decrease. This is standard precaution around the world,” a top government source, who declined to be named , DailyExpertNews told.
Saugata Roy of Trinamool lashed out at the government in parliament over the missing hologram.
“With the wind,” he joked.
The 28-by-6-foot hologram image is powered by a 30,000 lumen 4K projector. The light is cast on a high-grained, 90 percent transparent holographic screen that is not visible to visitors. The hologram is replaced by a granite statue of the freedom fighter.
The hologram currently acts as a filler in place of the iconic Amar Jawan Jyoti or the “eternal flame” for soldiers at India Gate, which has been merged with the torch at the National War Memorial.
It was also shut down on Jan. 28 and 29 due to winds, officials said.
During the Beating Retreat ceremony, which marks the end of the Republic Day celebrations, DailyExpertNews had tweeted photos of the canopy without the hologram on Jan. 29.