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CMIA again demands setting up of regional passport office in Aurangabad

The Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture (CMIA) today once again demanded the External Affairs Ministry to set up a regional passport office in this rapidly growing city, for convenience of local citizens. A statement issued here by CMIA president Ashish Garde said the proposal for establishment of a regional passport office at Aurangabad was under consideration for past two years and till date, the passport office has not been opened or established in the city. 

In view of Aurangabad being the divisional headquarters of Marathwada region comprising eight districts and also considering its importance for industries, trade, tourism and education, the number of persons travelling abroad is growing every year. 

Since there is no passport office at Aurangabad, citizens of Marathwada have to travel to Mumbai for any matter connected with passport. Consequently, they are facing a lot of hardship, besides incurring extra cost and devote extra time, said Mr Garde.The statement further stated that since Aurangabad is an important business centre for industries and trade, industries in Marathwada have business interest in more than 80 countries and export goods to 60 countries across the globe. 

Also, with the airport at Aurangabad having got the 'International Airport' status and already being notified for 'Air Cargo Exports', establishment of a passport office at Aurangabad is the need of the hour. Moreover, with the Government of India including Aurangabad in the project for development of 100 smart cities across the country that are expected to come up in next five years as well as the upcoming prestigious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project at Aurangabad and the recently announced Dry Port at Aurangabad-Jalna, CMIAs demand for establishment of a passport office at Aurangabad is logical, Mr Garde added.

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