Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon attended the groundbreaking ceremony on Tajikistan’s second-annual Flag Day on November 24. State television reported that the flagpole is part of a series of new monuments and renovations to existing sites in preparation for the twentieth anniversary of statehood in September 2011. Rakhmon congratulated his citizens and proposed renaming a region of Dushanbe after the Tajik flag.
US-based firm Trident Support will erect the prestige project, chosen, most likely, for having already broken pole records in both Baku and, previously, in Turkmenistan’s capital.
Central Asian capitals are known for their colossal and expensive monumental architecture. From the Dubaiesque, hyper-modern monuments in Astana and Ashgabat to Dushanbe’s own hyper-pillared Palace of the Nations, governments in Central Asia spend vast sums on grandiose buildings.
Yet reaction is mixed in impoverished Tajikistan. In one Khatlon village, residents complain they have long had no electricity because the transformer in their township needs a simple, but costly, repair. The price tag: $5,000.