Next time if you see a postman near your house, don’t be of the view that he has come to deliver the letters!
The horticulture department would be joining hands with India Post and soon the postman would bring veggies and fruits that were booked online. This has been tried at Chitlapakkam successfully and it is now revealed that in a week of time this would be making its presence felt in a huge manner.
Mounting complaints of non-delivery of veggies and fruits by mini-auto rickshaws hired by the department and the government relaxing lockdown norms for the operation of regular auto rickshaws prompted the decision to launch the initiative. Information gathered is in the initial stages only vegetable parcels depending upon the operative area capacity of each post office would be delivered. Each parcel might have 7 kg of veggies and fruits. Point is the postal department would be able to deliver such parcels with ease due to the availability of vehicles plus experience.
The revenue of India Post has gone down now due to the lockdown. This new initiative would increase the revenue of India Post. Moreover, the new initiative would also bring huge relief for many Chennai residents who have been finding it difficult to get vegetables and fruits in the lockdown.
The official pointed out that though there were many complaints against the mini auto-rickshaws not operating properly the action was not taken. This issue would not be there again. The main advantage associated with the India Post is their prompt delivery of letters and parcels and this prompt delivery would be brought to light once again by this new initiative.
For each parcel delivered, the postal department will get as commission 10% of the total value of the parcel – a rate fixed after discussions between the two departments.