A state-of-the-art Automated Mail Processing Centre, with the capacity to sort over 35,000 letters and 20,000 articles an hour, to come up at Shamshabad
A fully automated state-of-the-art mail processing centre will come up near the Shamshabad airport on the city outskirts.
The Automated Mail Processing Centre (AMPC), being set up on a sprawling 3-acre land near Pedda Golconda, will enable speedy delivery of the mail to the recipients. The AMPC in the city is the country’s third such facility after similar ones in New Delhi and Kolkata, and comprises two state-of-the-art machines for sorting letters and articles.
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy laid the foundation stone for the new facility in presence of Union Minister of State for Communications Killi Kruparani.
Dr. Kruparani said the facility would have the capacity to sort over 35,000 letters and 20,000 articles an hour, adding that it was being set up to address complaints pertaining to delays in delivery of mail. It would also provide employment to the locals, she said.
The department, she said, would invest Rs. 4,700 crore for the modernisation of the postal delivery system. Efforts were underway to bring all offices under one network. In the process, post offices would offer core banking solutions and over 1,000 ATMs would be set up across the country enhancing the reach of banking systems to rural areas.
The Chief Minister complimented the department for continuing to deliver services to remote areas of the country places in spite of competition from online services.
He exhorted postal personnel to adapt to the changing technological milieu and ensure that the services were within the reach of the poor.
Bank on Posts
Chief Postmaster General B.V. Sudhakar said while communication through mail was on the rise, there was over 15 per cent increase in business communication. Going by the trend, the total mail registered was likely to cross the 50 lakh mark from the current 20 lakh in the coming couple of years.
The department had started offering core banking solutions from its Srikakulam office and this would be extended to other parts in due course.
The Government, he said, could consider offering MeeSeva services through the 2,000 odd computerised post offices to cover more people under the scheme.