Rangat Post Office building in dire straits

Report by: 
27 Feb 2017

One of the oldest and reliable institutions of the country – the Indian Postal Department has a different style of functioning in these islands. Though the Andaman and Nicobar Circle of India Post has accommodation facilities and office buildings constructed in different parts of these islands, lack of proper maintenance has become a major source of concern for the employees of the department, particularly those posted in out-station islands. The instant case is about the Sub-Post Office at Rangat in Middle Andaman. An outside look of the Post Office building, which  recently received fresh coats of paint, gives one the impression that the building is in perfect condition, but the situation inside is completely contrasting.
According to reports, the office-um-residence building of Sub-Post Office, Rangat has four residential quarters in the first floor – all of which are in bad state making them fully unfit to live in. Presently, only two accommodations have been occupied by staff, while the others have remained deserted for the past several months. Despite several letters to the higher authorities, the Central Government agency has taken no steps to initiate repair and maintenance of the building leading to misuse of government facilities. “Immediate attention is required for the Post Office building here. The condition of the building is deteriorating day by day. The roofs of the residential quarters leak, walls have begun to crumble, electrical appliances have gone defunct and those occupying the quarters are having sleepless nights. Owing to the wrecked condition of the quarters, Post Masters of  Long Island and Betapur Post Office have opted for rented accommodations at Rangat. Moreover, the office space in the ground floor also requires attention. The higher authorities in the Postal Department should act immediately and carry out repair and renovation of the Post Office building in the interest of the employees posted in the region,” said some postal customers speaking to this correspondent.