Munnar’s pleasure: Kerala’s oldest put up field celebrates centenary

Munnar’s pride: Kerala’s oldest post box celebrates centenary

By Specific Information Service

MUNNAR: Surrounded by rolling hills, dotted with tea plantations, Munnar, one of many high vacationer locations within the nation, was referred to as the summer time residence of the British raj elites.

The Munnar hills celebrated a uncommon honour final week, because the postal field, opened to serve the property employees and officers on the erstwhile Munnar, Kanan Devan Hill Produce Co Ltd, accomplished 100 years.

Earlier than the dawning of the data age, letters have been the one technique of communication and for the hundreds of plantation employees in Munnar, the postal service was a boon that helped them keep related to the surface world.

The postal division beneath the then British authorities had opened put up workplaces at Devikulam and Munnar in 1890 and 1918, respectively, for efficient communication.

The Munnar Kanan Devan Hill Produce Co Ltd acquired its personal put up field in 1920.

That mailbox – Put up Field No. 9  – is celebrating its centenary. 

The put up field has etched a spot within the historical past of the hill station, serving to transportation of put up playing cards, letters and parcels to the corporate and its employees for over hundred years.

“Although the postal service began earlier, the devoted put up field was issued to the corporate in 1920 as per our data. It’s the oldest put up field within the state and likewise figures among the many oldest within the nation. The postal division had offered a field and a postal bag with keys to the corporate. None apart from officers from the division and the corporate might open the field,” Munnar put up grasp Okay Murugaiah informed TNIE.

“The Kanan Devan Hills Plantation Co has been sustaining the put up field all these years, protecting alive the legacy of postal service. As a mark of our respect, we honoured the corporate by presenting a memento on the event of postal week,” he mentioned.

“Although there are not any genuine data on the precise date of commencing postal service in Munnar, accessible info signifies that postal companies began at Devikulam in 1890 and at Munnar in 1918. 

“It was an efficient device of communication for the 50,000-strong inhabitants, together with the property employees and their households staying in and round Munnar city,” mentioned KHDP managing director Okay Mathew Abraham.

The previous put up workplace was situated in a humble cottage close to the Munnar workshop. It was shifted to a brand new constructing in 1928.

The Munnar Membership, the primary one within the hill station was began on the put up workplace constructing and it had a tennis court docket, a billiards desk and a library, mentioned an official.

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