Pune: The Pune postal department has earned Rs 15 lakh by sending Diwali faral to various national and international destinations. It has seen an increase of 15 to 20 per cent in revenue over last year.
The department had set up several counters at GPO for customers to send faral to their relatives abroad. The facility was set up from October 3. For effective crowd management, there were separate counters for different countries. Most parcels were sent to USA, Britain and European countries. Top Indian destinations included Chandigarh, Delhi
According to an official, “During Diwali, around 600 boxes of faral were sent abroad and the average weight of these items was 3.5 kg. We deputed staff for packaging the parcels. During Diwali, 60 to 70 parcel boxes were received by officials every day and the dispatches of the boxes was done accordingly,” said a senior department official.
Many customers chose the postal department because private courier services were charging around 100 times more. “Citizens still have faith in the postal department, despite the rise of private courier services. Most parcels were sent to London, New York, New Jersey, Auckland, Sydney, Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala and others cities in India.”
An IT professional, Payal Mohite, residing in Viman Nagar, sent a parcel to her brother in New Jersey. She said, “Last time, we chose a private courier service and we paid more than Rs 1,500. But this time, we chose the postal department and we paid less.”
Moin Shaikh of Camp said, “The department set up special counters for sending Diwali faral abroad. Besides the huge rush, there was no problem visible in management at the post office.”