Several families spend steep amounts so that children can reach the JEE (Mains) test centers
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KOLKATA: Appearing for the JEE (Mains) during the pandemic cost Ayan Roy Mahapatra’s parents Rs 25,000 to cover a distance of 365 km from Malda to Kolkata.

Ayan Roy Mahapatra appeared Tuesday at a testing center in Salt Lake for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) -Mains.

When contacted, his father Anup Roy Mahapatra said, “We started reaching the city on Sunday morning so we could reach Kolkata before we were completely locked in West Bengal on Monday. An AC SUV was needed as we got one Covered such a distance. I’ve tried. ” to be satisfied with a smaller amount, but in vain. ”

Although his son’s exam was on Tuesday in the second half, his father did not want to take the chance to travel for eight hours to reach the exam location.

“What if there was a lot of traffic?” asked Roy Mahapatra.

The cost of room and board for the driver was also borne by Roy Mahapatra. The car owner does not charge any additional amount for the return trip.

The father and son, who stayed in a hotel here, are returning to Malda on Wednesday.

Another candidate, Biltu, who was traveling from Malda to Kolkata in a luxury private bus, spent 800 rupees on a one-way trip because he didn’t want to get on overcrowded public transport.

“From Malda I got on a luxury bus with no air conditioning in Calcutta on Saturday night and they asked me to pay the amount as there would be no overcrowding and disinfectants would be provided at regular intervals.

“I was with a friend in Dumdum and came to the exam center on Tuesday morning. Almost 60 percent of the money my father gave me was spent,” said Biltu, whose father is an elementary school teacher outside the exam center on Tuesday.

Vivekananda Kundu, Rohan Kundu’s father, did not disclose the fare that he had to pay for the trip from Midnapore to Esplanade here.

Driving an overcrowded bus made him nervous about the possibility of contracting coronavirus.

“We had to pay the regular fare three times, but the conductor was still picking up passengers without thinking about our safety. We can’t afford to pay 25,000 rupees for a car so we decided to use public transport.” , he said.

The Kunduz, who lived with a relative, is returning to Midnapore on Wednesday.

You will return to town on September 13th to take the National Aptitude Test (NEET).

“I am concerned about traveling on public transport. Let’s hope for the best,” he said.

The suspension of local transport due to the COVID-19 pandemic had compounded the suffering of the candidates.

The West Bengal government had previously opposed the centre’s decision to hold JEE (main) and NEET exams, claiming that students would be at health risk during the pandemic.

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UoH will be conducting final exams online from September 16

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