The post office currently functions out of a small building which was inaugurated in 1969

Chitlapakkam residents will have to wait for some more years to have an upgraded post office in their locality.

They have already waited for more than 40 years. And all these years, the post office has been functioning out of an old building threatening to collapse anytime. Meanwhile, a piece of land earmarked for constructing an upgraded post office has been lying vacant for the past four decades where there is only a dense overgrowth of vegetation now. The post office currently functions out of a small building which was inaugurated in 1969 when former Chief Minister M.G.Ramachandran was Member of Legislative Assembly from Alandur constituency. The rent is a paltry Rs. 575 a month which is paid to Chitlapakkam Town Panchayat.

Staff at the post office say they deliver mails in and around Chitlapakkam, including far flung areas such as Nemilichery.

Each of the six postmen deliver an average 400 mails per day and it goes up to 550 on Mondays, an indication of the volume of letters, money orders, parcels and others sent to people despite the technological advancement in money and mail transfer.

Residents have been appealing to the Department of Posts for long to allocate adequate funds and construct a building at the five grounds of vacant land, located adjacent to the existing post office.

The issue was raised in the Parliament too recently with C. Rajendran, South Chennai Lok Sabha MP, urging the Centre to pay attention to allot funds and construct an upgraded post office at the earliest for the benefit of several hundred residents.

An official at the Department of Posts said most of the 96 post offices under the jurisdiction of Tambaram Division were functioning out of rented premises and that they were flooded with complaints from residents about the pathetic condition of many of them.

However, the Chitlapakkam post office issue has been raised at various levels and there was a ray of hope with the Department keen on building a new post office with all facilities for the benefit of a huge population that still depends on post offices for withdrawing money from their savings accounts and also to receive pension.

However, the official was not so clear about the status of the proposal to construct a new building and only hinted that there could be some positive development soon.

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