Central Telegraph Office

An employee sleeps in the record section room of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013.

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An employee sleeps in the record section room of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai. On July 15 the Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of India’s communications system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has been in decline for years and state-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam has decided to discontinue it.