Over 500 aspiring doctors from Karnataka who missed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in Bangalore due to a train delay on Sunday will get a second chance for the same, according to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).
Confirming this union HRD Prakash Javadekar tweeted, “Happy to announce that Karnataka students who missed NEET exam due to railway delay will get another chance.”
Happy to announce that #Karnataka Students who missed #NEET exam , due to railway delay will get another chance.@MoHFW_INDIA @HRDMinistry @PIB_India @MIB_India @DG_NTA @cbseindia29 @ciet_ncert @DDNewsLive @airnewsalerts @DVSBJP@CMofKarnataka
— Chowkidar Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) May 6, 2019
The 16591- Hampi Express en route Bengaluru reached at 2:30 pm, an hour after the scheduled reporting time for NEET that was 1:30 pm. Various leaders criticised Indian Railways for their delay. Taking to Twitter, a NEET aspirant Suhas said, “My exam centre is Dayanand Sagar College in Bengaluru. Now I don’t think I will be able to write the exam.”
The Railways clarified that the delay was caused due to the ongoing maintenance work in Guntakal, South Central Division. “All the reserved passengers of the train have been given intimation by SMS of the diversion and rescheduling on the mobile numbers given at the time of reserving tickets,” E Vijaya, Chief Public Relations Officer, South Western Railway was quoted as saying by News 18.
Meanwhile, the Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) has decided to notify the telecom companies before removing unauthorised optical fibre cables (OFCs). This was decided after a meeting headed by Additional Chief Secretary of Urban Development Mahendra Jain with BBMP officials and operators.