neet examination in west bengal: Transport woes trouble NEET candidates in West Bengal

KOLKATA: Candidates showing for medical entrance examination NEET in West Bengal had a troublesome time reaching their check centres on Sunday, as native prepare companies remained suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and cabs charged exorbitant fares citing hike in gasoline costs. Pabitra Sadhukhan, a candidate from Sodepur in North 24 Parganas district, mentioned he needed to shell out Rs 3,500 to guide a cab to a Salt Lake examination centre.

“I didn’t wish to take an opportunity as no direct bus is accessible to Saltlake from my space of residence in Sodepur. Suspension of native trains has solely added to our woes. The cab driver agreed to drop us to the centre, and I didn’t wish to discount and waste time,” Sadhukhan mentioned.

Biren Gupta, a resident of Purulia, mentioned he was caught in a site visitors jam for round an hour because of a political rally in Barjora space of neighbouring Bankura district, however managed to achieve the centre within the nick of time.

“It took me time to cool down, as I reached the centre nearly 15 minutes earlier than the examination commenced. Nevertheless, I attempted and tried as many questions as I might,” Khanna mentioned, after the exams ended at 5 pm.

An estimated 77,061 candidates had been slated to sit down for the exams in 189 centres throughout the state, sources within the Nationwide Testing Company mentioned.

Within the metropolis, nonetheless, the scholars might avail Metro companies, because the speedy transit system resumed operations on Sunday, after about six months, and ran particular trains for the NEET examinees on the primary day.

COVID-19 security pointers had been applied in all examination centres, and candidates had their temperature checked with a thermal gun exterior the corridor. Every of them was given a recent masks, and a six-foot hole was maintained between two benches.

West Bengal and 5 different states had appealed to the Supreme Court docket for postponement of the JEE (Major) and NEET exams, however their pleas had been dismissed.

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