Before taking part in the adalat, applicants would have to register their complaints in writing with the passport office or through email at rpo.mumbai@mea.gov.in before Dec 1, and then come to the office at the specified time with original documents," the statement said.

The last such adalat was held in May that saw scores of passport applicants avail the services, an officer from the department said, adding, the frequency of such adalats has gone down as the department has adopted a mechanism for speedy delivery of passports.

A recent RTI query has found that the Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Mumbai has witnessed a rise in the issuance of passports in the last three years.

The Mumbai RPO started functioning in November, 1954.Its jurisdiction extends to the districts and regions of Mumbai, Daman, Beed, Sindhudurg, Aurangabad and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra state.

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