Operating out of Senapati Bapat Road structure at present, the passport office would shift to a new four-storeyed building in Baner around July next year. Muktesh K Pardeshi, the joint secretary of the ministry of external affairs and the chief passport officer, laid the foundation stone of the new building on Wednesday.
The new building in Pune would be known as ‘Passport Bhavan’. After accommodating all sections of the Regional Passport Office, it would have enough space to set up a mini passport seva kendra, if required, to benefit applicants living in the western part of the city.
Having a built-up area of more than 15,000sqft, it is designed to have ample parking space for two-wheelers as well as cars. Of the estimated cost of Rs 17 crore, about Rs 50 lakh has been sanctioned by the ministry of external affairs in the current financial year for construction.
Expressing happiness over the development, regional passport officer Atul Gotsurve said, “The actual process for land scouting and acquisition had begun in 2004, when we shifted to the Senapati Bapat Road office. We are happy to have finally got all permissions and sanctions from the Pune Municipal Corporation. I am hopeful that the new building, with all its inherent state-of-the-art facilities and features, will become a landmark of the city.”Over the past 10 years, sites in Katraj and Baner were explored for the office, Gotsurve said. Chief passport officer Muktesh Pardeshi said, “Passport services have changed dramatically in the last six years. The Pune passport office has waited for this facility for too long and it will hopefully augment the passport services in Pune.”New office in Solapur
Muktesh K Pardeshi, the joint secretary of the ministry of external affairs and the chief passport officer, said a full-fledged passport facility would be in place in Solapur by the end of the year.
“Based on recommendations of the National Institute for Smart Government and our own internal analysis, we have decided to set up a Passport Seve Kendra in Solapur. It is expected to be operational by December 2016,” he said.
LOOK & FEEL:
Total area of plot: 1,602.47sqm
Total built-up area: 15,023.65 sq ft
Estimated project cost: Rs 17 crore
Expected date of completion: June 6, 2017
Number of floors: Basement + stilt floor + 4 floors
Two-wheeler parking: Basement and terrace
Four-wheeler parking: Stilt floor
Complete CCTV camera coverage for vigilance
Climate-control and sunlight reaping facility
Construction using prescribed fly-ash bricks and cement