Dalhousie Public School in Dalhousie now has the national flag flying on a pole 108 feet high, touted as the tallest in Himachal Pradesh. Visible from far with the Dhauladhar mountain range providing the backdrop, the flag stands next to other attractions at the school such as a MIG-21 fighter jet, a surface-to-air Pichora missile, and a T-55 battle tank, attracting 25,000 visitors a month during the tourist season, school authorities said.
“The flag is at a height of 7,000 feet above mean sea level. It’s the tallest structure to dot the landscape of Himachal Pradesh. It is not only a major tourist attraction now, but also evokes a sense of pride among our students and youth,” said the school’s principal, GS Dhillon.
“We procured it from the Flag Foundation of India. The flag itself weighs 8.5 kg and its dimension is 20x30 feet. The mast weighs 1,500 kg. It is illuminated at night, and is visible both from the town and surrounding areas,” Dhillon added.
He said the installation of mast itself required a lot of logistical support and thinking. “It was transported in three parts by road. It is made up of high tensile, galvanised steel to give it maximum strength. It can bear wind speeds up to 170 km per hour and has a flexibility of one foot when the winds are fierce,” the principal said.
He said the flag is operated through a remote control and the steel wires which hold the flag are so designed that any person can easily operate the mechanism. “Around 25,000 tourists, mainly youngsters, have thronging the place every month during the current summer season. We expect the figure to cross 1 lakh during the season.”