ANDHRA PRADESH

Postal services hit

Alternative arrangements made to prevent disruption in services

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: The ongoing RTC strike in the State had a spiralling effect on postal services as well, with authorities forced to hunt for alternative arrangements to keep the mail carriage running.

While the effect was not so profound in the twin cities, where the mail is usually ferried from the main post office to its sublets on the Postal Department's own Mail Motor Service (MMS) vehicles, it was the suburban areas and district services that were hard hit.

According to the Assistant Director (Mails), P. Rambabu, the Department was taking every effort to ensure that there were no hold-ups in the mail service.

"We have directed all our officials to make alternative arrangements so that there is no disruption in services or regular schedules. The strike affected our services in suburban areas mainly, where our officials are hiring private vehicles, using their own vehicles and working overtime to ensure that there are no hold-ups," he said.

The usual mail delivery service from Nampally to Patancheru has been extended up to Sangareddy in Medak district following the strike, while in several regions where dependence on RTC services was high, the railway network was being used. In areas not penetrated by the rail network, the only option was to go for private vehicles, Mr. Rambabu said.

Additional MMS vehicles have been pressed into service in important towns as well. In and around Hyderabad, wherever private vehicles were not easily available for collection of mail, regional postal officials were directly coming to Nampally and collecting their mail. Officials from Vanasthalipuram, Dilsukhnagar, Gachibowli, Chikkadpally and Uppal were among those who had to come all the way to Nampally on Tuesday for the purpose, he said.

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