Saturday, 30 September 2017

GPO colonial bulds


GPO, Cooch Behar, West Bengal.

List of Heritage Buildings owned by India Post

Name of Heritage Building
Patna General Post Office, Bhagalpur Head Post Office, Postal Training Centre Darbhanga

New Delhi General Post Office,
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Delhi General Post Office
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Himachal Pradesh
Mandi Head Post Office, Chhotta Shimla, Shimla General Post Office, Ambedkar Chowk
 Post Office, Kasauli Post Office.
Mumbai  General  Post  Office,  Nagpur  General  Post  Office,  Director Accounts  Postal  Nagpur, Pune General Post Office, Panaji Head Post Office.
Amritsar Head Post Office.
Postal Training Centre in Mysore, Divisional Office Bellary, Circle Office in Bangalore.
Circle Office in Trivandrum.

Chennai General Post Office, Udhagamandalam Head Post Office, Nagapattinam Head
Post Office.
Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi City  Post Office, Varanasi Head Post Office, Lucknow General Post Office,  Circle Office in Lucknow, Agra Head Post Office.
West Bengal
Return Letter Office in Kolkata,
Darjeeling Head Post Office, Cooch Behar Post Office, Kolkata General Post Office, Baruipur Head Post Office,  Behrampur  Head Post Office, Alipore Head  Post Office, Diamond Harbour Head Post Office, Mud Point Post Office, Khejoori Post Office.

 Ooty among postal
heritage buildings...
but not Chennai G.P.O.
(By Nidhi Adlakha. Based on the blog postings by Vincent D’Souza, V. Sriram, Sridhar Joshi, Sashi Nair, Revathi R. and Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan.)

creation of Cooch Behar Division.
The stamps to be released by the Postal Department
on postal heritage buildings.

Delhi GPO is among the very few buildings of India Post which has been given the status of “Heritage Building” by the Archaeological Survey of India. It is in close proximity to historical Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Opened in 1855, the Post Office was given permanent status in 1865 and it started functioning in the present building in 1885. The land for Delhi GPO was purchased in 1870. The GPO has a floor area of 45,457 sq.ft. It is considered a representative structure of the British period.

There were releases of two special covers during Madras Week, one at the Heritage Lovers’ exhibition organised by D.H. Rao (on left), and the other at the Association of British Scholars’ Silver Jubilee celebrations.

Shimla GPO on the Mall, established in 1883 on the site of a house known as Conny Lodge, is one of the oldest Post Office buildings in the country. During the Raj, Shimla was the summer capital and the GPO acquired pre-eminence due to its crucial role in ensuring effective receipt and despatch of Government mail (“Walayati Dak”).

The GPO building is mainly a timbered structure with a tin roof. It is a three-storey building. An interesting element of its design is six large, hollow pillars of stone and brick that “traversed its height”. Till 1920, firewood was used to warm the building in winter and enable the postal staff to perform their duties. The building is an excellent example of English hill architecture.

On September 21, 1972, a fire on the first floor of the beautiful building burnt most of the old records. The building was soon renovated and its centenary was celebrated in 1983. In 1992 this building was declared one of the country’s Heritage Post Office buildings.

Udagamandalam (Ooty) GPO.
GPO Cooch Bihar

Cooch Behar HPO: The Post & Telegraph Office of Cooch Behar State was opened in 1875 under the administrative control of Rangpur Postal Division. The Cooch Behar Post Office initially functioned in the building situated in the Purana Post Office Para. Today, it covers 8893 sq. ft. Maharaja Nriprendra Narayan built the present Head Post Office building and, during his regime, there were one telegraph office and five Post Offices in Cooch Behar State. On bifurcation of Rangpur Division, Jalpaiguri Division was created and, later, the Cooch Behar Division was created on bifurcation of Jalpaiguri Division on April 16, 1979.

GPO Cooch Bihar
GPO, Cooch Behar, West Bengal.
Nagpur GPO, considered the mother institution in the Postal Circle of the Central Province, is housed in a majestic Victorian building, once the seat of the erstwhile Postmaster General of CP & Berar. Built on a sprawling 9.5 acre located in the Civil Lines area of the city, the double-storey building was built in 1916-21 with a plinth area of 26,622 sq.ft. The complex also has the Postmaster’s quarters and a huge garden.

The structure is made of load bearing brick walls, steel columns, beams and ribs encased in lime concrete and plastered in lime internally with pitched roof in country tiles and battens. The exteriors make use of exposed bricks (painted red) and buff coloured sandstone. The main structure is flanked by wide verandahs and is provided with Tuscan columns. A Roman arch in the Central Tower topped by a pavilion of 12 columns supports a Clock Tower and a flagmast. The alternating bands of brick and sandstone used at corners give the building its Neo-Georgian touch, but is interspersed with large semicircular stone screens (jalis) reflecting the Eastern stonecraft of India. The clock, which still works, some antique post boxes, its fire-fighting equipment and the mixed styles of architecture make this building unique.
 ground floor has pillars and arches in sequence.

Postal heritage buildings
The pillars on the ground floor have magnificent carvings which enhance its beauty. The first floor of the building has 25 rooms. A stone embedded on the main gate of the GPO dates the construction of the building to 1929-1932.
... but not Chennai G.P.O.