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Landour Post-Office

The historic post office which is situated at Landour and was was established in the year 1827, faces the threat of being closed. The postal department ahas been asked to vacate the rented building where the post office has been for many decades now.

To this situation, local residents have come forwards and have strongly opposed the closure of the post office. They have demanded suitable space elsewhere in Landour to continue running it.

A local historian, Gopal Bhardwaj said that the Father of renowned hunter turned conservationist– ‘Jim Corbett’, Christopher William Corbett, also worked as a postmaster in the Landour post office from early 1850s to 1862. And, technically the post-office has been in its original place for over a hundred years now. In fact, when last year talks were happening of closing the post office, renowned author, Ruskin Bond had also expressed his displeasure. The author had said that hearing about the shutting down of the post office at Landour made him sad. He even said that he had been using the post-office since 1964, and had also written about one or two postmen in his stories.

In order to raise voices of dissent regarding this action, large number of residents protested outside the post-office against its closure. In fact, they also bought over a hundred postcards from the post-office and wrote appeals to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

When the Director of Postal Services of Uttarakhand, Sunil Rai asked about this matter, he said that postal services, Uttarakhand, when queried, said that the post office was located in a rented building and the landlord had gone to the court to vacate the premises. He also said that they will appeal before the court for not shutting the post-office, but if it does not happen, the post-office will be relocated to a nearby location.

Keywords: Landour, Mussoorie, Ruskin Bond, Jim Corbett, Post-Office, Protest, Narendra Modi.


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