Buses, trains swamped as thou­sands of as­pi­rants struggle to reach cen­tres

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

KARNAL : Thou­sands of as­pi­rants of Group D posts of Haryana Staff Se­lec­tion Com­mis­sion (HSSC) had to face a tough time to travel to their exam cen­tres on Satur­day.

The buses and trains were over­crowded with as­pi­rants, who had to travel from one district to an­other to ap­pear in the exam as the ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres were not al­lot­ted in their home districts. Even the district ad­min­is­tra­tion and the po­lice re­mained on their toes to or­gan­ise the ex­ams.

“I could not get a bus due to a huge rush in the morn­ing and then de­cided to hire a cab to reach my ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tre in Ya­mu­nana­gar,” said Mo­hit Ku­mar of Karnal. The pas­sen­gers were also seen strug­gling to the reach their des­ti­na­tions at the bus stands and rail­way sta­tions.

Mean­while, the Haryana Road­ways has is­sued in­struc­tions to its gen­eral man­agers in some districts to ply the buses by late night to pro­vide re­lief to com­muters.

The HSSC is con­duct­ing the ex­ams to fill 18,218 va­can­cies of group D in var­i­ous govern­ment de­part­ments in the state and the ex­ams will also held on November 11, 17 and 18.

SPE­CIAL EXAM TRAIN TO CHANDI­GARH

ROHTAK: The Rail­ways on Satur­day morn­ing can­celled the Rohtak-pa­ni­pat pas­sen­ger train and in­stead named it ‘spe­cial exam train’ that dropped over 2,000 group D govern­ment exam can­di­dates up to Chandi­garh.

This was done af­ter a large num­ber of can­di­dates cre­ated ruckus at the Rohtak rail­way sta­tion late night and halted the Jaipur-chandi­garh in­ter-city ex­press due to paucity of space. Thou­sands of can­di­dates blocked the rail track and en­tered the engine of the in­ter­city ex­press, de­mand­ing au­thor­i­ties to run a spe­cial train to Chandi­garh for them.

Af­ter halt­ing in­ter-city ex­press for three hours, the au­thor­i­ties gave in to the de­mand and ran a spe­cial train at 4 am to Chandi­garh by can­celling the Rohtak-pa­ni­pat pas­sen­ger train. The in­ter-city ex­press ran three hours late from its sched­uled de­par­ture.

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