Visitor’s hands being sanitised at Begumpet PSK on Monday
HYDERABAD: After being shut for 40 days, Tolichowki passport seva kendra resumed operations on Monday.
Regional Passport Officer, Dr E Vishnu Vardhan Reddy tweeted from the official handle on Monday that services at this centre will resume with 50% capacity. He also informed that passport services at 14 post office passport seva kendras (POPSK) in the state still remain closed It may be mentioned here that the Begumpet PSK resumed on May 18 while Ameerpet PSK started functioning from May 26.
Operations are at full swing at these two PSKs with officials issuing tokens between 250 and 300 per day. Earlier, following an advisory from the ministry of external affairs (MEA) all the PSKs in the state were closed in March. Sources in the Tolichowki PSK told TOI that on the first day, the officials have issued 218 tokens to those applicants who rescheduled their appointments. Many of them were forced to postpone their scheduled appointments after the lockdown came into force. Adhering to the advisory issued by MEA, officials at the Tolichowki are taking precautions like sanitizing the premises, insisting on masks and ensuring that people in the queue lines and waiting at lawns are maintaining social distance.
MEA has clearly instructed that applicants can reschedule their appointments if they are unable to visit the PSKs on the scheduled date.