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Noida gets its own passport office in sec 19

NOIDA: There's good news for residents of Noida. You don't want to cross to Ghaziabad for a passport anymore. A new passport office has been set up at the head put up office in Noida's Sector 19 under the central scheme, in which several head put up workplaces (HPOs) are being utilised as put up office passport seva kendras (POPSKs) additionally. The new passport seva kendra will probably be inaugurated by way of Union minister and Gautam Budh Nagar MP Mahesh Sharma on Wednesday.

Sharma took up the ordeal of Noida residents in availing passport facilities with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), which gave an approval to set up a passport seva kendra within the Sector 19 head put up office under the central executive scheme on November 26 remaining yr. "I got the approval from the foreign affairs ministry last year to set up the passport seva kedra in Gautam Budh Nagar. Under the scheme, head post offices in parliamentary constituencies, districts or cities, which are 50km from the nearest passport centre, can be utilised as passport seva kendras," stated Sharma.

The Noida POPSK will cater to all applications associated with new passports, corrections, change of deal with and renewals via prior appointment booked on While two workers of Sector 19 head put up office have been deployed for document collection, one verification officer from Ghaziabad regional passport office will probably be present at the centre. The IT support is equipped by way of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). So a long way, five applications have been authorized for processing on February 27, and over 50 appointments have already been booked online for February 28.

Though applications for passport under the tatkal category can handiest be carried out at Ghaziabad passport centre, the Noida POPSK will settle for applications for brand new passports, renewals and deal with corrections. "For this, prior appointment needs to be booked online where a resident has to fill up a designated form, pay the requisite fee and select the appointment date from the options which will be thrown up on the website. Applicants can then go to the centre with requisite documents on the date of appointment," stated Surender Singh, an authentic at the Sector 19 put up office.

According to Rakesh Raina, public family members officer at Sector 19 put up office, Noida POPSK will start operations from Wednesday after the inauguration. "We have five appointments booked for Wednesday. At Noida POPSK, all documents will be collected, screened and processed. After that the papers will be sent to Ghaziabad regional passport office, which will issue the passports and send to Noida POPSK for dispatch via post," stated Raina.

The call for for a local passport office was raised by way of residents, bringing up the upward push in inhabitants in Noida and its neighbouring areas. As the regional passport office at Ghaziabad is overloaded with paintings, the passport utility procedure required lengthy duration. "We get maximum applications from Muzaffarnagar, Meerut and Hapur," stated Subroto Hazra, deputy passport officer of Ghaziabad office.The office caters to Muzaffarnagar, Meerut and Hapur additionally, except Gautam Budh Nagar, which can now depend at the new office for passport utility.

"We had approached various UP ministers, MP, MLAs and the district administration, demanding a passport centre in Noida. Residents in Noida will no longer have to travel to Ghaziabad and queue up all the day to apply for passport," stated NP Singh, president of Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations.

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