Special Correspondent

Responding to strong public demand

KOZHIKODE: Responding to the strong public demand, the Postal Department authorities have decided to reopen the post office at Vellayil. The Vellayil post office, which was functioning from the department's building, was closed down by the postal authorities and transactions shifted to a post office near the Fourth Gate a few months ago.

The move had triggered loud protests, with the local people accusing the authorities of being insensitive to the needs of the large number of people, particularly savings account holders, who made use of the services available at the Vellayil post office. Residents of Vellayil had to travel a considerable distance to reach the nearest post office. However, the authorities had refused to review the decision.

The protests, led by an action committee formed by the local people, continued. The committee sent several representations to the Union Government seeking its intervention. Announcing the reopening of the Vellayil post office, K.P. Valsan, senior superintendent of post offices, Calicut division, said the Calicut Fourth Gate post office would cease functioning from its present location with effect from January 31 afternoon and would be relocated at Vellayil in the existing departmental building.

The Vellayil post office will resume functioning the next day.

Post office savings accounts and savings certificates of all categories held at Calicut Fourth Gate post office will stand transferred to the Vellayil post office with effect from February 1.

Account and certificate holders who wish to have their accounts and certificates registered at some other post office will be allowed to do so. They will have to apply in a prescribed form at the post office concerned.