PATNA: It was a glorious moment for Bihar when the General Post Office (GPO) located at the Buddha Marg, Patna completed 100 years today.
The GPO which stands on sprawling 22 acres of land was built in July 1917 with a cost of Rs 269,000. The construction of the building started soon after Bihar was carved out of Bengal.
The grand structure which is built in British Gothic architectural style is among four buildings of Patna which came up during the pre-Independence era, officials say.
The other three buildings built in such architectural style include Patna High Court, Patna museum and the old secretariat. The Patna High Court completed its 100 years last year.
“The Patna GPO is the first postal unit in the world to have evolved a pre-paid system for postal services,” Post master general (Bihar circle) Anil Kumar told the Hindustan Times.
He added that Bihar had showed the way in terms of development of postal services in the country.