Uttarakhand to have six new passport sewa kendra
The regional passport office in will soon open six new sub-offices in the state. These offices will become operational from Almora, Nainital, Rudrapur, Kathgodam, Roorkee and Srinagar.
“The post office passport sewa kedra (POPSK) in Almora will be inaugurated on Sunday. We have already received five online applications for it,” said Bhoopendra Singh Bisht, assistant passport officer at the regional passport office here.
Unlike the passport office in Dehradun, all new POPSKs will operate from post offices in the respective locations. Besides applying for a new passport, people will also be able to renew their existing ones. However, the tatkal passport facility has not been extended to these centres at present.
“The POPSKs in Rurdrapur, Nainital and Kathgodam are likely to become operational by the end of this month,” said Bisht. He added that the offices in Roorkee and Srinagar are likely to become operational in March.
Initially, the POPSKs will issue 50 tokens every day. This will, however, be extended later, depending on the number of applications.
“We are issuing nearly 490 tokens every day in Dehradun. The new POPSKs will help us reduce the pressure on the Dehradun office and also benefit people in these places as they will no longer need to travel to Dehradun for applying or renewing their passports” Bisht said.
At present, people in many parts of the state, especially in the Kumaon region, have to undertake long journeys to Dehradun to apply for passports.
“Dehradun is on the other end of the state. People from Almora, Bageshwar and Pithoragarh find it hard to travel to the capital for making passports. The passport sewa kendra in Almora will come as a relief as it is centrally located for many districts in Kumaon,” said Romesh Rautela, 30, a resident of Almora.
Similarly, Shivam Verma, 23, a BTech student from Pithoragarh said, “Coming to Dehradun for making a passport means two days of travel. Besides, we also have to find accommodation in a hotel. Once the local offices are operational, the process will become easier for people in our region.”