The 163-year-old telegram service will go down the annals of history in the country from today with the withdrawal of the service.

Telegram was the best and simplest mode of communication of messages during any emergency all these years in the country. However, it became obsolete with the advent of telephones, especially the mobile network.

With the service to end today at 9 pm, a large number of telegrams were registered at BSNL offices in city yesterday for records purposes.

Senior journalist Krishna Vattam sent a telegram to Star of Mysore office with the message 'INDIA PLAYS LAST POST TO TELEGRAM SUNDAY LONG LIVE TELEGRAM' at 6.30 pm yesterday, which was received this morning.

Many more senior citizens who relied on telegram for communication since years, expressed sadness over the termination of the service.

About 50 telegrams were registered at the BSNL Customer Care Centre on Sayyaji Rao Road here yesterday.

An equal number of them were received there through other centres, according to BSNL sources.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore