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Post Office at Bharati Station in Antarctica

Why is it in the news?

  • The Bharati Branch Post Office at Bharati Station in Antarctica was inaugurated by the Chief Postmaster General Maharashtra Circle, along with the introduction of the new PIN code MH-1718, marking a significant development in India’s postal services in the polar region.

More about the news

  • In 1984, India established its first post office in Antarctica at Dakshin Gangotri.
  • However, Dakshin Gangotri was later submerged under ice during the late 1980s, leading to its decommissioning.
  • On January 26, 1990, a new post office branch was established at India’s Maitri research station in Antarctica.
  • Recently, the Bharati Branch Post Office was inaugurated at Bharati Station of Antarctica, accompanied by the introduction of a new PIN code, MH-1718.
  • Maitri and Bharati Post Offices are research bases of India in Antarctica, located approximately 3,000 kilometres apart. Both post offices operate under the purview of the Goa Postal Division.
  • Letters intended for Antarctica are routed through the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) in Goa, serving as a crucial hub for India’s polar endeavours.

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