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Passport office in Thane to merge with Mumbai; Seva kendras to remain


THANE: In a move to benefit thousands of passport seekers, the Thane passport office will be merged with the Mumbai regional passport office starting August 21, at its new centralised office space in Bandra Kurla Complex’s Vidhan Bhavan building.
However, the individual Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) will still be functional at all its existing locations including Lower Parel, Andheri, Malad, Thane, Thane II and NashiPassport officials assert that in addition to saving the government a lot of expenditure on multiple but rarely frequented office spaces, this merger will also benefit thousands of citizens, especially those living in the eastern and western suburbs.
“Ever since the government set up the 77 PSKs across the country and outsourced its functioning to TCS which has made a major part of the passport acquiring process digital, the role of the passport offices has become limited to the few cases where there is some issue or complication in their particular matter,” said a senior passport officer at the Thane office.”With this merger in place, the government will cut down the cost of functioning of these extra buildings. Additionally and more importantly, this merger will also allow people living on the eastern and western suburbs to access the PSKs close to them even though it’s outside their city limits. For example a Mulund resident will be able to take his appointment in Thane which is closer for him in comparison to the PSKs in Mumbai, whereas a Vasai resident who would have to come to Thane earlier for the same will now be able to go to a PSK in Malad or Andheri,” he added. As the entire office will be shifted, there will also be no lose in employment.
In addition to the Mumbai (Thane included) RPO, the building will also house the regional office of the Indian Councilfor Cultural Relations and Brand Secretariat, the office of Protector of Emigrants, the Public Enquiry Office, all under one roof.


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