End of an Era: 160-year-old telegram service in India to close down on July 15

New Delhi: After 162 years of connecting people, India is now set to disband the world's last major telegram service and its legions of cycle-borne postmen. With the service made redundant by a technological revolution,
end of an era 160 year old telegram service in...
PTI July 14, 2013 6:28 IST
New Delhi: After 162 years of connecting people, India is now set to disband the world's last major telegram service and its legions of cycle-borne postmen.





With the service made redundant by a technological revolution, the final message will be sent next Monday, July 15.

In the days before mobile phones and the Internet, the telegram network was the main form of communication, with 20 million messages dispatched from India in 1947 alone.

In 2012, the number of telegrams dwindled to 40,000 and most of them were by Indian government departments conveying administrative messages to remote parts of the country.

 
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