After the announcement of new passport office, Union Minister and local MP Mahesh Sharma has asked the Noida and Greater Noida authorities to provide 300 sqft area of land for this purpose.
Sharma had announced that a passport office will be set up in Noida by February next year. After the new office, the residents will not be required to visit Ghaziabad to apply for the passports.
The MP has already got the nod from the Ministry of External Affairs to establish passport services from the head post offices in Noida and Greater Noida.
It comes under the scheme of utilising all the head post offices as post office passport seva kendra (POPSK). Under the scheme, it was said that POPSK will be there at all the constituencies which are 50 km away from the nearest passport office.
The District Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, BN Singh was happy with the move. He said, “New passport office will be very beneficial for the Noida residents. But, I am yet to receive written order for it. We will be facilitating the setup of new office once we receive the written order.”
Noida Authority’s OSD Rajesh Kumar Singh said, “We will provide all support in setting up of new passport office in Noida.”
A resident of Antriksh Forest, Peeyush Aggarwal said that it's a very good initiative by local MP or we can say that it's a good move before election 2019. “Yes it is beneficial for everyone who lives in Noida and Greater Noida.” he added.
At present, the Noida residents visit the passport office in Ghaziabad as it is the nearest office. The office in Ghaziabad is currently overloaded with work. It caters to places such as Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Hapur and other places.