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MEA to open five new passport offices in state, Amaravati set to receive its first passport office

With the addition of the five new passport offices, the number of offices in the state will increase to 32.

pune Updated: May 19, 2018 16:35 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,MEA,Dyaneswar Mulay
There are currently 27 passport offices in the state. (HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

With a special focus on improving accessibility for residents to passport offices, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) has planned to set up new passport offices in five different places in the state.

Dnyaneswar Mulay, secretary of ministry of external affairs, said, “We are taking consistent efforts to increase accessibility to passport offices. We will be setting up passport offices in five different places: Akola, Amaravati, Chandrapur, Baramati and Madha.”

Further he added, “It is an unfortunate condition that ever since independence, we could not set up even 100 passport offices in the country. However, in the last two years, we have succeeded in setting up as many as 190 passport offices.”

According to senior passport officials in Pune, the current number of passport offices in Maharashtra is 27. However, with the addition of these five new offices, the number will increase to 32.

Passport officials from the regional passport office, Pune, on the condition of anonymity, said, “Although the announcement of new passport offices is done, it will, however, take another six months to start the offices.”

He added, “We will also ask the police department to upgrade the address verification system required for passports to tab systems. This will further expedite the process of issuing passports.”

Rutuja Deshpande, resident of Amaravati, said, “The decision to open a passport office in Amaravati should be welcomed. Currently, we have to travel to the Nagpur passport office for application and other processes. However, an office in Amravati will certainly be helpful to people here.”

First Published: May 19, 2018 16:34 IST