In a relief for the residents, Noida's first passport office will be operational from Wednesday. Set up at head post office in Sector 19, the facility will be inaugurated by Union culture and tourism minister Mahesh Sharma.
The office has been set up under the central government scheme of utilizing all head post offices (HPO) in the country as Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK).
The opening of the facility will save time for the residents of Noida who otherwise had to go to Ghaziabad to avail passport facilities.
All applications related to new passports, corrections, change of address and others will now be handled at Noida POPSK. The applicants will have to take a prior appointment through www.passportindia.gov.in.
One verification officer from Ghaziabad regional passport office will be present at the centre. Two staff from Sector 19 head post office will be deployed full time for document collection and TCS will provide the IT support.
To begin with, five applications have already been accepted for processing on February 27 whereas more than 50 appointments have been booked online for February 28.
The residents welcomed the new facility saying that it will save them the ordeal of going to Ghaziabad for any passport related services. “The minister has delivered on his promise of opening a passport seva kendra in Noida. It will save us energy and time required to travel to another city for getting any sort of passport-related work done,” Vibhor Mishra, a resident said.TAGS: passport office / Noida / post office / Sector 19 / Union culture and tourism minister Mahesh Sharma / Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK)