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Post office to get 19 new mail vehicles tomorrow

DHAKA, April 8, 2017 (BSS) - Bangladesh Post Office (BPO) would get brand new 19 vehicles for its courier and parcel services as part of it's modernization process.

"We will introduce 19 vehicles out of our planned 118 vehicles tomorrow to ensure fast and quick courier and parcel services to people," BPO Director General Sushanto Kumar Mondal told BSS today.

The brand new vehicles manufactured by Toyota with the customized designed of BPO are being supplied by the state-owned Pragati Industries Limited, he added.

Mondal said State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim would inaugurate the new vehicles tomorrow at a ceremony at GPO.

Mentioning that they are procuring four types - 1.5 ton, 3 ton, 5 ton and 7 ton vehicles, the BPO director general said: "The remaining vehicles would be introduced by October this year."

The BPO is going to get such brand new mail vehicles after 26 years and it would expedite their countrywide operation, added Sushanto Kumar Mondal.

Earlier in June last year, Tarana Halim had announced that the BPO would get new vehicles in April of this year and 20 per cent of those vehicles would remain reserved for women drivers.

The BPO has been lagging behind in the competition with private sector due to depending on the rail and launch transportation. Now, with the own vehicles, the BPO would able to ensure fast and quick delivery of courier and parcel, said BPO Officials.

They said they had the desire to have the vehicles on road by this time, but delay in fund disbursement pushed the BPO slight slow to introduce the dedicated service.

The vehicles are being procured under the "Mail Transportation

Strengthening" project taken by the BPO in September 2015. Of the total vehicles, 35 cash wagon, 9 open body pick up, 10 covered van (1 ton), 20 covered van (1.5 ton), 30 covered van (3 ton), 11 covered van (5 ton) and 3 covered van (5 ton).

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)