JEE Main 2020: JEE test subjects (Mains) in some districts of West Bengal left their homes on Tuesday at 3:30 a.m. to reach the examination halls, as lack of transport, rain and floods spoiled the game.
A total of 37,973 students attend JEE (Mains), for which 15 centers have been established in the state.
On Monday, officials from the state Department of Transportation said efforts were being made to operate at least 3,000 buses and auto rickshaw and taxi unions had been instructed to drive all vehicles. However, this did not help all students and many had a hard time.
Parents at many exam centers said they have to pay through the nose to rent cars because buses and taxis are not available.
Asutosh Saha, a wage laborer from Ghatal in the West Midnapore district, took his son Rupak on his motorcycle to a center on Salt Lake on the eastern periphery of Calcutta.
The duo of father and son started around 3:30 a.m. and drove four and a half hours to cover a distance of around 120 km.
“There is no exam center in West Midnapore. We had to make a detour along the route as some parts of Ghatal are flooded and two bridges on our usual route are now under water. We had to start early to be on time, ”said Rupak.
The source of income for Asutosh Saha are the 100-day projects of the state government within the framework of MGNREGA. Rupak, a student of Panchberia Ram Chandra Smriti Siksha Mandir in Ghatal, scored more than 80% in upper secondary.
“We don’t have the money to rent a car and we couldn’t afford to wait for a bus,” said Saha.
Triranjan Kumar Saha, who performed for JEE in the city of Siliguri in North Bengal, started at 5:30 am from his home in New Kadamtala in the adjacent Cooch Behar district and reached Siliguri at 11:00 am. The student was traveling in his uncle’s car.
After his exam ended at 6pm, Saha said, “The questions were not unexpected and I am very happy with my work.”
He appears for the second time for examination.