Post Box is available for prescribed rent at certain Post Offices.
Mail Delivered in Box
Fully pre-paid unregistered mail, except Parcel, addressed to the
renter, with the Post Box number, is delivered through Post Box.
Mail addressed to :
* legitimate personnel of the renter firm.
* family members and guests of the renter
* wards, trainees or inmates of renter institution
is also delivered through the Box of the renter.
The renter can get delivery of mail addressed to other allied
concerns of which he is the proprietor or agent, through the same Post Box on payment of a
separate fee in respect of each such concern.
Post Box holder who receives a large quantity of mail requiring
additional space, may rent an additional Post Box number so that the entire mail may be
placed inside the Post Box.
Registered, insured, V.P. articles as also money orders
addressed/payable to the particular person of firm in whose name the post box stands
registered will be delivered/paid through the postman, so long the person/ firm rents the
Post Box. If it is found that there is no Post Box in the name of the addressee/payee, or
the addressee has ceased to be a renter of the Post Box, the article will be
returned to the sender/remitter.
Application in the prescribed form should be made to the Postmaster,
together with the prescribed fee.
The exact nature of the business should be stated, if the applicant
is in business, duly certified by two respectable persons not connected with the applicant
in any way; this certificate is not required in case of Government and Semi-Government
applicants and such other applicants as are either known to the Postmaster or have
otherwise established their identify to the Postmaster.
After Postmaster has alloted a Post Box, no claim for refund of the
rent will be entertained.
The prescribed deposit is to be paid, following the allotment,
before the key of the Box is made over to the renter.
On payment of deposit, Window Delivery ticket is given to the
allottee. It should be produced by the renter or messenger, on demand.
The period of renting is from the first day of the month of
allotment and the renewal commences from the first day of the month following the previous
The Post Office reserves the right to withdraw the Post Box without
notice or without assigning any reason, if any information furnished by the applicant is
found to be incorrect or the Post Box is being misused by the renter. In the event of
renter changing his business address or shifting his office to another place, he should
invariably inform the Postmaster of the change within seven days of such change. In case
of failure to do so, the Post Box is liable to be withdrawn without notice and without
assigning any reason.
If the lock or key is not functioning, the renter has to credit the
cost of both the lock and the key, and if the key is lost, the cost of the key. A new lock
and key, or key alone, as the case may be, will then be provided by the Postmaster.
Application for renewal of rental should reach the Postmaster before
the expiry of the period of renting. Application received within 15 days of the expiry of
the renting may also be entertained if the Postmaster is satisfied with the reasons for
delay. If the same Box is not available, the application, in that case, will be considered
as a fresh one.
Unless the lock and the key are surrendered within 15 days of the
expiry of renting, in case renting is not renewed, the deposit will be forfeited.
It is open to the renter to clear this Post Box at any time during
the business hours of the Post Office except during the half hour before the time fixed
for each delivery.
If any mail addressed to a Post Box, because of its size or for want
of space in the Box, cannot be placed therein, an intimation slip to this effect will be
placed in the Post Box, and that mail will be kept in the delivery department for
collection by the renter.
When the renter is unable to clear his Post Box on account of loss
of the key or otherwise, mail addressed to the Post Box will be delivered to him or his
messenger at the counter during the hours prescribed for window delivery on presentation
of the Window Delivery ticket.
If the renter does not clear the Post Box for a week, a notice,
requiring him to clear it, will be sent by the Postmaster by registered post. If the mail
is not cleared in spite of this notice, it will be delivered through the postman in case
the mail bears the address of the renter or the renter has given instructions to that
effect. If, for any reason, the mail cannot be delivered through the postman in the normal
manner, it will be treated as undelivered.
When a Post Box is no longer required by the renter, he should
surrender the lock and the key to the Postmaster and the latter, thereafter, will refund
to him the deposit or such portion of it as is permissible.
The system of delivery of postal articles in Bag which, along with a
lock and keys in duplicate, is to be supplied by the renter, is available at all delivery
Provisions relating to Post Box apply mutatis mutandis to Post Bag except:
locked Post Bag with the postal articles inside is handed over to
the renter or messenger over the counter on production of the Window Delivery ticket
during the hours prescribed for making window delivery.
Bag, unless rented in combination with a Post Box of the same
number, may be used by the renter for despatching to the Post Office fully prepaid
unregistered letter, newspaper and Book, Pattern and Sample packet for posting.
Where Post Box facility is not available, addressee can collect his
mail loose from the window of the Post Office during business hours. For this, a written
request is to be made to the Postmaster to keep the mail in the Post Office.
Mail superscribed TO BE KEPT TILL CALLED FOR, TO AWAIT ARRIVAL
or in any similar way, or addressed to CARE OF POST-MASTER or CARE OF POST
OFFICE is called Poste-Restante article. This is intended to facilitate delivery of mail to
travellers having no specific address at a station.
Such mail is kept in deposit ordinarily for one month.