62. Largest Postal Network Of The World

The Indian postal network is among the largest networks in the world in terms of area covered and population served, and it constitutes an important mechanism of communication.

As on March 31, 2004, there were 1,55,669 post offices or outlets, of which roughly 89 per cent were outside the cities. On an average, one Post Office serves an area of 21.13 square km, and a population of 6,602.

With 5,66,000 employees, handling a mail traffic of 736 crore letters per annum with 1.25 lakh post offices located in rural areas and the network having 5.83 lakh post boxes, 460 railway mail services, India's postal service is unique in the world.

The Indian postal system also boasts of postal code area "172114" in Sikkim, which - at 15,500 feet (more than 4700 meters approx.) - is the highest post office in the world.

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