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Noida gets its own passport office, services to start today

NOIDA: There's excellent information for citizens of Noida. You do not want to go to Ghaziabad for a passport anymore. A brand new passport workplace has been set up at the head put up workplace in Noida's Sector 19 under the central scheme, during which several head put up workplaces (HPOs) are being utilised as put up workplace passport seva kendras (POPSKs) additionally. The new passport seva kendra can be inaugurated via Union minister and Gautam Budh Nagar MP Mahesh Sharma on Wednesday.

Sharma took up the ordeal of Noida citizens 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 workplace under the central govt scheme on November 26 closing 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," said Sharma.

The Noida POPSK will cater to all packages associated with new passports, corrections, alternate of deal with and renewals through prior appointment booked on While two workers of Sector 19 head put up workplace were deployed for report assortment, one verification officer from Ghaziabad regional passport workplace can be present at the centre. The IT beef up is supplied via Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). So a ways, five packages were permitted for processing on February 27, and over 50 appointments have already been booked on-line for February 28.

Though packages for passport under the tatkal class can handiest be carried out at Ghaziabad passport centre, the Noida POPSK will accept packages for brand spanking 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," said Surender Singh, an reliable at the Sector 19 put up workplace.

According to Rakesh Raina, public relations officer at Sector 19 put up workplace, 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," said Raina.

The demand for a local passport workplace used to be raised via citizens, bringing up the rise in population in Noida and its neighbouring spaces. As the regional passport workplace at Ghaziabad is overloaded with work, the passport utility procedure required lengthy duration. "We get maximum applications from Muzaffarnagar, Meerut and Hapur," said Subroto Hazra, deputy passport officer of Ghaziabad workplace.The workplace caters to Muzaffarnagar, Meerut and Hapur additionally, apart from Gautam Budh Nagar, which can now depend on the new workplace 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," said NP Singh, president of Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations.

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