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Solar power for post offices in UP

THE DEPARTMENT of Posts (UP Circle) has started installing solar panels for ensuring uninterrupted power supply at its various post office establishments in the state.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 01:19 IST

THE DEPARTMENT of Posts (UP Circle) has started installing solar panels for ensuring uninterrupted power supply at its various post office establishments in the state.

“In the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh one gets power supply only at night. This had made it imperative to plan out installation of solar panels over post office buildings across the state,” Abha Singh, Director, (headquarters), Department of Posts, UP Circle told the HT on the occasion of the inauguration of ‘Postal Finance Mart’ set up at the General Post Office (GPO) Lucknow.

The ‘Postal Fin-mart’ had been set up with the objective of addressing all the financial needs of the customers starting with postal savings to postal life insurance as well as sale of other financial instruments under one roof.
She said that power was being generated using solar panels at a post office in Maharajganj in Rae Bareli district while similar panels are being installed in Sindholi, Bikapur (Faizabad) and Gauriganj (Sultanpur) regions.

Most of the post offices in the rural areas of the state don’t have generators and power cuts have become a major problem for post offices across the state. “Our objective is to install solar panels in all the post offices of the state at the earliest as computers installed in post offices could at least run using alternative sources of energy,” Singh said.

Talking about the progress made in the mobilization of Postal Life Insurance (PLI) policies in Uttar Pradesh, she said that the Barabanki and Sitapur regions had achieved 100 per cent coverage under PLI which also includes opening of Postal Savings Bank accounts by the customers.

Singh said that a total of 73 Head Post Offices (HPO) and 115 Sub Post Offices in the state had been computerized while 580 post offices would be computerised by the end of the current financial year in  the state.

 Discussing the revenue growth figures of the UP Circle, Singh said the Postal Department had recorded revenue of Rs 158.02 crore during 2005-06 against Rs 150.46 crore revenue recorded during 2004-05. It is also the first time in the postal history of Uttar Pradesh that the revenue growth had overtaken the growth expenditure by 2.34 per cent, she added.