Mahapex is set to return to Pune after six years, as reported by HT. It will be held from 20 to 22 January 2018 at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch. This is a state level philatelic exhibition for Maharashtra and Goa.
“This year the exhibition will see a demonstration of drone technology. In this first demo a mail will be transported from Ganesh Kala Krida Manch to Swargate post office. A Segway will be used to demonstrate the movement of mail by air and land,” Ganesh Sawaleshwarkar, post master general, informed at a press conference.
340 frames of 95 stamp collectors will be displayed. 60 frames from international award winning exhibits will also be showcased. Simultaneously, competitions like stamp designing, letter writing, elocution and a quiz will be held for school students during this event. “This will ensure that students show keen interest philately. It is a way to promote it as a fascinating hobby,” Sawaleshwarkar said.
Special covers of various sites of Maharashtra will be released. These include Cavansite mineral near Wagholi, Kandhar fort at Nanded, Gateway of India and Marine drive from Mumbai, Directorate of postal accounts in Nagpur, Vidarba tiger and Irwin Bridge in Sangli.
The event aims to increase the interest in philately that has been declining. Some areas in Mumbai continue to promote it through merchandising stamp t-shirts and mugs.