As many as 25 Designated Photography Location (DPL) centres will be opened in Krishna district to issue new ration cards on the basis of applications received earlier and during the ongoing Rachabanda programme.

Of the total 25, five centres will be opened in the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation limits and the remaining will be opened in the four revenue divisions of the district – Vijayawada, Machilipatnam, Gudivada and Nuzvid – at the rate of five each.

Joint Collector Gaurav Uppal asked the officials of Revenue and Civil Supplies departments to expedite the process of opening the DPL centres and issuing the ration cards on the basis of applications received earlier and during Rachabanda.

The temporary cards that remained to be issued as part of Rachabanda should also be issued at the earliest. Once the DPL centres were opened, permanent cards would be issued in lieu of the temporary ones.