New passport office turns Mundhwa Road into a commercial hub
- Pakistan High Commission staffer asked to leave India after leak of sensitive defence documents
- Cyrus Mistry hits back at Tata Group with slew of allegations: Fraudulent transactions, unethical ways
- Tata Sons vs Cyrus: Sebi, govt keep watch, BSE seeks clarification
- Kashmir is a matter for India, Pakistan to sort out: British PM Theresa May
- It's unfortunate, because it has set a terrible precedent: Farhan Akhtar on Johar-MNS deal
Eateries, photostat shops, notary offices have sprung up in no time and are doing a brisk business in the area frequented by hundreds
In October this year, Sukhdev Nana Gaikwad opened a vegetarian restaurant, Yashwant, near Passport Seva Kendra on the Mundhwa Road. The decision, he says, was a calculated one. "Hundreds of people visit the passport office on a daily basis from various parts of the city and even from the outskirts. Opening a decent eating place in the area made sense, considering there are hardly any restaurant in this area," says Gaikwad. The place now feeds almost 400 to 500 customers a day.
"I am quite confident that very soon I will break-even because the response has been extremely encouraging," says Gaikwad, a resident of Pingle Vasti (Mundhwa Road).
Tapping into the 'business' opportunity since PSK opened on Mundhwa Road a few months ago, a number of small and medium business set-ups have mushroomed in the area — restaurants, fast food joints, notary offices, Xerox centres et al. Besides Yashwant restaurant, other eateries that have opened recently in the area include Sagar Biryani House and Roll Mania.
In order to ease the pressure off the passport office on Senapati Bapat Road, the authorities opened another branch on Mundhwa Road a few months ago. While new passport applications are received at the Mundhwa Road office, the old one on Senapati Bapat Road processes Tatkal passports only.
Around two weeks ago, Shahaji Tulsidas Kokate, a resident of Hadapsar, started Sagar Biryani House near PSK. "People from districts like Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur come to the PSK for passport-related work. Often, they have to be there for long hours. It made sense to start an eating joint here," says Kokate, adding that it has been just two weeks into the business but he has received good response from the customers.
- By brokering for MNS, Devendra Fadnavis has shown himself as a CM afraid of a bully
- Pak PM would do well to study the past before choosing Raheel Sharif’s successor
- What general news channels could learn from business news anchors
- India’s abstention from UN negotiations for nuclear disarmament would be a lost chance
- India must delink classroom teaching from student learning
- In the long run, the rift within SP may make space for a clearer leadership