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No more snail mail: India Post goes hi-tech with geo-portal, app

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on May 15, 2016

NEW DELHI, 26/05/2015: Capital Check - Indian Post letter box at General Post Office (GPO), at Gole Dak Khana, in New Delhi on May 26, 2015. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty   -  Shanker Chakravarty



As emails and SMSes become the order of the day, the good old Postal Department is going hi-tech by geo-tagging the post offices and has begun monitoring timely clearance of the letter boxes through a mobile app.

In collaboration with the Department of Space, India Post has geo-tagged over 1.5 lakh post offices on the indigenous geo-portal Bhuvan, developed by ISRO, to help people search the nearest post office and know about services and timings.

India Post has over 1.55 lakh post offices of which more than 1.39 lakh are in the rural areas. An official in Communications and IT Ministry said the remaining post offices would also be geo-tagged soon on Bhuvan, a Hindi word for ‘universe’.

The initiative is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to use space technology by various departments of the government, he added.

“More than 1.5 lakh post offices have been geo-tagged and their exact location on a GIS satellite imagery map along with photograph, services and office timings, etc, have been made available on the portal,” he added.

Bhuvan, developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in 2099, is providing visualisation services and earth observation data to users in public domain.



Published on May 15, 2016
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