Getting my Passport reissued
[Updated: 4 Oct 2013]
Typically the passport gets issued in 40 days of applying for it (unless you go in for tatkal). Hence from the date of application, the file should reach the police station, that you filled in the application, within 2-3 weeks. The status is also update on the portal. Surprisingly in my case, the file got delayed and even after end of Sept, i.e. 2 months, the file had still not reached the police station. Since the police station was close to my office, I visited it almost every other day and in the end the passport officer became very friendly and sympathetic to my case. Eventually he only helped trace the file, which seemed to have been sent to some wrong police station (something that isn't uncommon). Eventually my file landed at the police station on 1 Oct and i submitted all the documents on 3rd. Now another wait for the physical passport to arrive.
During the waiting for the file to reach police station, I asked the officer, since the entire system is online, why do they still deal with physical files. Why not access the same system online and process the applications much faster. He said that this has been implemented from 1st of September 2013, but they are unable to do much about it due to lack of computers at police stations. Till the physical files will continue.
[Updated: 25 Oct 2013]
Got an SMS stating that the new passport has been dispatched via speed post
[Updated: 26 Oct 2013]
Finally... got the new passport. Took me roughly 3 months. The delay happened in between at the time of police verification.
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