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Friday, February 17, 2012

Foreign Post Office to be set up in Srinagar

The Postal Department will set up a 'Foreign Post Office' in Kashmir valley to facilitate export and import of goods from the state.
"Many organisations in the valley have been demanding the functioning of a full-fledged Foreign Post Office in Srinagar, and we have decided that a Sub-Foreign Post Office will start functioning at Srinagar soon," Cheif Post Master General, JK Circle, John Samuel told reporters here.
He said the space for the Foreign Post Office has been provided by Jammu and Kashmir government at Kashmir Haat, in the city, which will help exporters to import and export their goods through Post Office.
"The Foreign Post Office will have staff from the Customs Department who will check the exports on the spot and once customs has cleared the consignment, it will be directly sent to addresses outside India," Samuel said.
He said the Foreign Post Offices are only provided in metro cities around the country, but Srinagar has been chosen as a 'special case'.
The Chief Post Master General also announced that two new post offices will be set-up at Nowapora in the frontier Baramulla district and at Lal Bazar in Srinagar.
"The post office at Nowapora near Uri will be the closest post office to Line Of Control (LoC)," Samuel said.
He said the new post offices will be computerised and will provide all postal facilities including Speed Post, Registered Post and financial services.
He said ten post offices in and around Srinagar will be modernised in next three months and will be provided computerised and customer friendly facilities.

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