|GPO building, Mumbai. CitySeeker|
|Mumbai GPO. GolGumbaz style interior. Alamy|
|Mumbai GPO. interor Mid-Day|
|A marble board en.wikipedia.org|
The good news is INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art, Culture and History) was retained by the postal department to advise on the restoration and maintenance of the monument building that needs to be preserved for the posterity.
“It may not be having the acoustics wonder of Gol Gumbaz, but the Postal Department has decided to conserve the building. INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art, Culture and History) was engaged as consultant to advise us on the restoration and maintenance of the monument building. And we are awaiting for the final clearance,” Madhale said.
Talking of the present times, Madhale said: “Postal services have undergone a change no doubt, but on any given working day that spans 16 hours in Mumbai GPO, you will find at the end of the shifts that on an average we serve 40,000 customers. People have a lot of misconception that the postal work has gone down... every day we handle 60,000 unregistered mail and this does not include volumes of money orders, speed post articles and parcels and most of the parcels belong to foreign tourists. And all this is done in this building.”