VIJAYAWADA: The passport office in Vijayawada has been witnessing a heavy rush on any given day with nearly 500 people applying for it. Youngsters and the elderly comprise a major chunk of those seeking passports.
According to official data, at least 500 people have been applying for passport at the office while nearly 100 applicants have been visiting the office a second time seeking correction of their details.
Deputy passport officer at Vijayawada Passport Sevakendra Mr. Syed Sabeer Ali said many youths were going abroad either for higher education or employment while the elderly are wanting to visit their children, who settled abroad.
At the same time, the officer also informed that the number of applications has increased in the last one week, as the academic year has come to end.
It has been taking at least 2-3 days to get slots on online for applying for the passport.
Mr. Ali observed that many of the applicants were coming to the office with factual errors and insufficient proofs at the time of verification which has been leading either to delay in processing or rejection of the application.
He suggested that the applicants must go through the provisions of the application thoroughly before applying and also should able to provide the relevant documents at the time of verification. Now, passports are being issued to nearly 450-500 people a day. It is taking a maximum of 10 days for getting a passport, he said....