If you have been wondering why postal mails are not delivered at your address, you are not the only one. Residents of many posh highrises on Sohna Road have not been receiving letters for the past two months.
There are also chances that you may find ‘lost’ mails with your neighbourhood scrap dealer who sells them as junk at Rs 10 per kilogramme. This is what residents of Nirvana Country, along with the HT team, found when they raided a junk dealer to reclaim two full bags of letters on Thursday morning.
The mails were allegedly 'sold' to two scrap dealers by officials of the South City-2 post office instead of being delivered to Gurgaon residents.
One of them sold off four bags on Wednesday while the other one was caught. "We get accumulated scrap letters of about two months at a price of Rs 10/kg. We do not know what the bag contains,” said a dealer.
“We faced this problem when we recently shifted to Nirvana Country. After a letter to the chief postmaster, the problem was solved but it has resurfaced. When we investigated further, we found our mails were being sold by the postal department to junk dealers in the area,” Sanu Kapila, president, Nirvana Country resident welfare association (RWA), said.
A resident, Navita Mansingh, said, “Due to this menace, I never received the telephone bill and my line was disconnected due a few months back. I am still running from pillar to post to get a new connection from BSNL.”
Raman Sharma of Malibu Towne said, “The entire department is hand in glove as the letters are neither stamped nor sorted area wise.”
Chaturguj, postmaster of the South City-2 post office, denied any involvement. “The mails in the bag are not stamped by our post office. I am not aware of any scam, as the mail under my supervision is always stamped before going for distribution to various colonies. The inspector is incharge of the field operations.”
Chaturguj further added that the department is short-staffed. “It might be delayed, but the mails are always delivered.”
The residents also alleged that a few RWA members receive their posts regularly. “There is a list of people who are frequent complainants so their letters are delivered. The rest of the mail is simply packed in sacks and sold to junk dealers,” said another resident. Residents are now planning to file an FIR and report the matter to higher authorities.