The ongoing two-month special “passport seva maha camp” organised by Pune Regional Passport Office has brought down the appointment availability cycle for applicants in Pune by almost nine days, from the current 19 days to 6-10 days.
The special camp, which commenced on May 1 and will go on until June 31, has been processing about 600 passport applications daily. This is in addition to the 1,250 normal quota applications that are being processed at the Mundhwa Passport Seva Kendra, which also handles 120 tatkal applications every day.
Regional Passport Officer Atul Gotsurve said they hoped to further bring down the appointment availability cycle by June 31, when the camp ends.
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“The aim of the camp was to rein in the appointment cycle which was getting elongated due to increased demand and numerous public holidays, which also resulted in lower intake of applications. We have managed to bring down the appointment availability cycle to six working days at the special camp and 10 days at the PSK Mundhwa. We are hoping that by June 31, it will further shrink,” said Gotsurve.
According to Gotsurve, the special camp has so far processed more than 7,000 applications. This number is expected to double in June as the number of applications processed per day has gone up from 200 in the first week of May to 600 now.
“Initially, we processed 200 applications per day. The number went up to 400 in the third week and to 500 in the next week. Now, we are processing 600 applications per day,” said Gotsurve.
Passport applicants also seem relieved over the shortening of the appointment cycle.
“I wanted an urgent passport in mid-April. Since it was impossible at that time to get an immediate appointment, I chose to employ an agent and paid him Rs 5,000 to get the passport. If the camp was on, I would have managed to get the passport on my own. In this time and age, a citizen shouldn’t have to wait for a month to get a passport appointment, “ said Tushar Lakare, a resident of Sinhagad Road who is self-employed.
Appointment for the special camp and Mundhwa PSK can be booked online at passportseva.gov.in.