The Union government on 7 December announced that those who have lost or damaged their passports due to the Chennai floods can have them replaced free of cost.
“If your passport is lost or damaged in floods, please go to any of three Passport Seva Kendras in Chennai. They will issue you a fresh passport free of charge,” tweeted external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
This piece of news has come as a relief for the people of Chennai who are facing massive property loss due to the recent deluge.
Meanwhile, the Chennai International Airport has become fully operational from 7 December morning, as flights are resuming their domestic and international duties. The civil aviation authorities said that the airport that was shut down on 2 December due to heavy inundation is now ready for operation of day and nocturnal flights.
“We are happy to announce that it has been decided to resume round-the-clock air services, from 6 am on 7 December,” according to a statement released by Chennai Airport director Deepak Shastri.