The Chandigarh Railway Station and the bus stand were a picture of chaos as a large number of aspirants for a Railway Recruitment Board exam descended here on Sunday.
The exam for recruiting assistant loco pilot and technicians was held from 11 am to 12.30 pm. After the exam ended, the aspirants rushed to the bus stand and the railway station to return to their native places.
The railways had arranged for two special trains between Chandigarh and Ambala, but both were jam-packed and several aspirants failed to find seats. There was chaos on platform number 1 with hardly any space to move.
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The first train departed from the station at 1.30 pm and the second at 3.30 pm. Passengers jostled to board the trains as soon as these halted at the platform.
Putting their lives in danger, several passengers reached the train after crossing the tracks instead of using the foot overbridge. Many of the RRB examinees were still not able to board the train. The train was overcrowded within minutes.
Govind, one of the examinees belonging to Ambala, said, “There’s nothing special about this train and with the amount of rush, I won’t risk boarding it. The railway authorities should have increased the number of coaches to avoid this kind of mess.”
There were many like Govind who didn’t board the special train and preferred waiting for other trains. The steps of all the compartment doors were also occupied. Even the motor-cum-parcel van and luggage coaches were not spared by the examinees.
Additional security was deployed at the railway station. However, it proved to be difficult to manage the chaos. Station Superintendent R K Dutta said, “Provision of special trains was made for the aspirants to ensure that they were not inconvenienced. Each train can accommodate around 3,000 passengers.”
RPF personnel K P S Dhillon said, “Five RPF personnel will accompany the examinees in the train to see to it that they do not create any kind of mess and reach Ambala safely.”
Chaos was seen at the bus stand as well. Passengers could be seen travelling on the roofs of buses after finding no vacant seats inside. In fact, similar scenes are witnessed every time an exam is conducted by RRB.