US consulate shifting to new facility in BKC

Mumbai: The US Consulate General Mumbai will shift this month from Lincoln House in Breach Candy and the American Center in Churchgate to its new facility at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in the suburbs. The new US Consulate General at BKC reflects the expansion in US-India relations, and features expanded space for consulate operations, a release said.

The number of interview windows for services to visa applicants and US citizens will increase significantly, from 13 to 44. US Consul General Peter Haas said, "Our new home reflects the overall trend of US-India ties. Our relationship with India is growing and modernizing, and our Consulate must do the same."

Lincoln House will close its doors to the public on November 15 and reopen on November 21 at the new BKC location. As a result, the Consulate cannot provide visa services between November 15 and 21. The American Library at New Marine Lines near Churchgate has already closed and will reopen to the public shortly after consular operations begin at the new Consulate.

The new consulate compound will house all US Government offices in Mumbai, including the Department of State, the Foreign Commercial Service, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Foreign Agricultural Service.

The new Consulate will also include the Consul General?s residence. The new consulate features state of the art green technology, including high-efficiency lighting, a gray-water recycling system, and a self contained waste water treatment facility.