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Updated: October 15, 2009 20:17 IST

India Post to extend logistic services

M. Soundariya Preetha
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V. Rajarajan, Postmaster General of Western Region, Tamil Nadu. Photo: Special Arrangement.
V. Rajarajan, Postmaster General of Western Region, Tamil Nadu. Photo: Special Arrangement.

Department of Posts will launch Logistics Post between Salem and Bangalore soon.

Mr. V. Rajarajan, Postmaster General, Western Region, Department of Posts, told The Hindu here on Wednesday that Logistics Post was now available from Coimbatore to Chennai, Bangalore and Madurai and from Tirupur to Udhagamandalam. Apart from these routes, the service was available to any destination for full truck load consignments. The Department was exploring introduction of the service between Udumalpet and Chennai (covering Tirupur, Erode, Salem and Pollachi) too. Logistics Post registered Rs. 11 lakh business in 2006-07, Rs. 29 lakh in 2007-08 and Rs. 51 lakh in 2008-09.

The Western Region registered a total business of Rs. 28 crore in 2008-09. Business Post was an important segment in the mails segment. Of the total business in the Western Region in 2008-09, Rs. 11.56 crore (44 per cent) was from Business Post. This was nearly 15 per cent higher than the previous year. Banks, financial institutions and telecom companies were the major users of Business Post. Business to Business and Business to Customer mails of even minimum numbers were accepted at the Business Post centres. The department proposed to add more Business Post centres in the city.

Mr. Rajarajan said the region had 752 post offices and 37 of these were covered under Project Arrow. This year, Ramanathapuram, Ramnagar and R.S. Puram, post offices would be brought under the project.

The Speed Post centre was moved to the Railway Mail Service and this had helped cut down on time and cost. About 90 per cent of the speed posts was captured under the trace and track system. As many as 247 post offices in the region were connected to the Speed Post centre, he said. The department focused on customer satisfaction, technology and business growth.

Mr. Rajarajan said a contest would be held for school students on “Gandhiji Writes a Post Card”. The last date for receipt of the entries was October 30. The entries should be minimum 25 words and written on the competition post card on any topic of importance now. The cards should be sent to: The Chief Post Master General, Post Box number 301, Chennai. The competition would be for students of Classes III to V and Classes VI to VIII.

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