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Swanky passport office at Bandra

The Regional Passport Office (RPO) is all set to don a new look with a swanky building coming up in the business district of Bandra-Kurla Complex.

mumbai Updated: Jul 05, 2010 00:27 IST
Shailendra Mohan

The Regional Passport Office (RPO) is all set to don a new look with a swanky building coming up in the business district of Bandra-Kurla Complex.

The new building, a huge plot of land for which has already been allotted, will house all the departments of the RPO.

Currently, the application centre is at the Bengal Chemical building which is a rented property. The administrative office is housed at the Old Passport building at Prabhadevi.

Sources said the five-storey structure, which will also have two levels of basement, will measure around 6,100 sq m. A plot measuring over 2,800 sq m in G block has been allotted to the RPO. The Public Works Department (PWD) is undertaking the construction work.

The new building will also have a provision for future extension of the building and three more floors can be constructed if needed. The work has already begun on the construction of the new building and the basement retention wall and excavation is complete.

“The work has been a little slow but we expect the PWD to speed up the project so that the building is ready soon,” an officer said and added that the project will cost more than Rs 59 crore.

The new building will house both the application centre and the administrative offices. “We currently sit on rented property but with the new building at BKC, we will have our premises,” the officer added.

Regional Passport Officer Vinay Choube said, “People from both suburbs and south Mumbai will be able to access it easily.”