New Passport Seva Kendras
The Government has granted approval to open 7 new Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) in addition to the 89 PSKs that are working across the country. These are at Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Udaipur (Rajasthan), Solapur (Maharashtra), Siliguri, Kharagpur, Branch Secretariat Kolkata (West Bengal) and Leh (Jammu & Kashmir).
No expenditure was incurred during 2014-15 and 2015-16 for the opening of PSK, Udaipur. The Ministry is working on refurbishment, civil/electrical works, air conditioning and procurement of IT equipments/network installations etc. to set up the PSK. The anticipated expenditure to set up the PSK Udaipur would work out to be approximately 2.86 Crores. After completion of relevant works, it is expected that PSK, Udaipur would be made functional by the end of November, 2016.
The Minister of State for the External Affairs Gen. Dr. V. K. Singh (Retd.) provided this information in reply to a question in Lok Sabha.