New Delhi, May 6: Due to delay in Hampi Express by over six hours, more than five hundred candidates missed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2019 in Karnataka on Sunday, May 5. The scheduled reporting time for NEET was 1:30 PM, and the 16591- Hampi Express en route to Bengaluru reached at 2:30 PM, an hour after the reporting had already commenced at the test centre.
“Ask Piyush Goyal to work properly for next few days,” tweets Siddaramaiah
Criticising the Indian Railways for their inabilities, Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah tweeted, “Mr. Narendra Modi, You pat your own back for others’ achievements but will you also take the responsibility for your cabinet min’ incapabilities. Hundreds of students in Karnataka may not be able to take up NEET because of delay in the train services. Ask Piyush Goyal to work properly for the next few days and then we will set it right. Also, ensure that the aggrieved students get another chance to write NEET exam.
Suhas, a NEET aspirant who missed his exam, says, “My exam center was Dayanand Sagar College in Bengaluru. I couldn’t reach there on time.”
Another student Sai Srinivas tweeted, “Prakash Javdekar sir, we are the students who are appearing for NEET 2019 and travelling from Ballari and Hubli cities to Bengaluru via train number 16591 named Hampi Express. The train had to reach Bengaluru city at 7 AM but still, we are in Arsikere that is 180 kilometers far away from Bengaluru.”
Delay caused due to maintenance work in Guntkal, clarifies Railways
The delay was the result of the ongoing maintenance work in Guntkal, South Central Division, the Railways clarified. “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, has been quoted as saying to a national daily.
Earlier, National Testing Agency (NTA), the exam conducting body, had changed the test centres of several candidates due to the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. More than fifteen lakh candidates registered for the national level medical entrance examination.