Save the Heritage of Mussoorie: the Queen of Hills being shelved in the name of progress!

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Petition to Save Mussoorie’s Heritage

History being pushed aside in the name of progress!

 

MUSSOORIE & LANDOUR: Two iconic post offices in Mussoorie, one of them predating the Post Act are facing closure following a proposal by the department of posts.

 

We, the locals of Mussoorie, believe these two Raj-era post offices are a link to the past. A legacy that must be preserved. One stroke of a pen is set to wipe out our entire postal history, tradition and heritage.

 

The History: 

The oldest sub-post office situated in Landour was set-up in 1837. It gave Mussoorie its first address. Historians believe the Landour Post Office was the original head post office for half a century before the head post office came up on the Mall Road in1909.  

The other sub-post office established in 1902 facing closure is the Savoy Post Office above Library Chowk. The rent for the sub-post office is just Rs 99. To this day, the Sub-Post Office famous seal bears the imprint of the Savoy which is intricately linked with the history of the hill station.

  

The Legacy:

The two historic post offices in Mussoorie are an inseparable part of the hill-station’s tangible past and linked to its rich history. Before the Post Office Act XVII of 1837 was enacted, the Landour Sub-Post Office was in already in place due to the efforts of Captain Frederick Young, Mussoorie’s founder. Also the father of renowned British tracker, hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett, Christopher William Corbett, worked as a Postmaster here from 1850 to 1863.

 

The Post Office:

Today, the Landour Sub-Post Office not only serves international clients from Mussoorie Language School and the Woodstock School, which together account for students from over 27 countries. None of these old buildings, housing these post offices are dilapidated or falling apart, and their rentals are minimal. Presently these two post offices look after the needs of the abutting villages of Kimoee, Kolti, Kanda, Matholi, Maudh, Khatapani, Tuneta, Judi, Sainji, Ludur, Ginsey and others.

Local legislators, ward members and residents feel that the very idea of losing these Sub-Post Offices in the name of progress is a crying shame.

 

The Problem:

What are our children going to inherit? frets Mussoorie.

An out-of-the-box approach will ensure commerce does not replace social responsibility. We ought to remember that anything which benefits the people can be tweaked, worked on, improved or given a second chance.

It is heartening that our local legislator has registered a protest as this directly impacts rural communities around the hill station, especially the remote villages of Mussoorie.

 

The Solution:

It’s time for all of us to come together and show love and care towards our old town in these strange and difficult times. Let us show our solidarity through our words and actions.

If you have ever visited Mussoorie/Landour, or lived here, please speak up for our history by signing this petition to Save the Heritage of Mussoorie.

 

Please Act Now! A signature from you can help us fight in our small way for a greater good. We appeal to the local authorities and governance to take urgent action and stand up for our heritage. Help Mussoorie with your one signature, and share this petition so it reaches more people.

 

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Local residents & community members, traders & businessmen, travellers & holidaymakers, students & institutions, professionals & every person who loves Mussoorie and Landour!

 

Key Testimonials: There are many interesting bits of history related to Landour post office.

Talking about the origin of the iconic post office, acclaimed Author, Photographer & Historian Mr Ganesh Saili, who has written many books on the history of the hill station said: “This post office was originally set up to serve the Invalids of the Convalescent Depot  in Landour.”

Author Ruskin Bond, living in Landour, says: “It is sad that the authorities are mulling closure of the post office in Landour. I have been using this post office since 1964, when I permanently moved to Mussoorie,” Recalling his pleasant association with the postmen here, who were quite regular in bringing his mails, Bond added, “I have even written about one or two postmen in my stories.”