The US consulate in Hyderabad is going to operate from Paigah Palace for a longer time than scheduled. Counsul General of US consulate in Chennai, David T. Hooper who was in the city to inaugurate a photo exhibition told mediapersons that the state government is yet to allot land for a permanent building to house the Consulate in city.
“The renovation of Paigah Palace is ahead of schedule. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has cooperated well with us for this. We are confident we can sanction the first visa from Hyderabad Consulate before the end of this year,” he said. When asked about the Consulate’s permanent building plans in the city, he said, “We have not been allotted any land yet. We are talking to the state government about that and the talks are in advanced stages. We will operate from Paigah till we are allotted land.”
The consulate in Chennai receives approximately three lakh visa applications every year of which more than 1 lakh aspirants are from Andhra Pradesh. The Counsul General was confident they would receive at least one lakh visa applications in the first year of their operations in the city.