Chennai, Dec 7: Are you a resident of Chennai? Have you lost your passport during the recent incessant rains that paralysed the capital city of Tamil Nadu? Has your passport been damaged due to the massive flood that hit the city?
Do not worry. Government of India is offering a fresh passport and that too free of cost.
External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that everyone, who has lost or having damaged passport due to Chennai flood, would be able to apply for a fresh passport and the person(s) will not be asked to pay for it.
Writing on micro-blogging site Twitter, Swaraj tweeted, "If your passport is lost or damaged in floods, pl go to any of three PSKs in Chennai. They will issue u fresh passport free of charge."
She also asked interested person(s) to raise the same issue with VK Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Narendra Modi government.
Swaraj wrote, "I have asked my colleague @Gen_VKSingh to resolve all Passport issues. Pl raise these matters with him."
If your passport is lost or damaged in floods, pl go to any of three PSKs in Chennai. They will issue u fresh passport free of charge. Pl RT— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 7, 2015
I have asked my colleague @Gen_VKSingh to resolve all Passport issues. Pl raise these matters with him.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 3, 2015
Chennai was hit by massive rains followed by a devastating flood. At least 425 people died. Rescue operations were underway in the city.
Rail and flight services have resumed to and from Chennai. An official statement was released by Chennai Airport Director Deepak Shastri.
In the statement, the official said, "We are happy to announce that it has been decided to resume the round the clock services, all weather operations from 6 am on Dec 7. In other words, from Dec 7, 2015, normal operations of Chennai Airport i.e. both Domestic and International flight operations will start operating."