Traffic snarls and intense heat cause inconvenience to people

The District Institute of Education and Training Common Entrance Test (DIETCET)-2013 was conducted smoothly without any untoward incidents in 158 examination centres in Karimnagar town on Friday.

Against a total of 37, 871 candidates, 34, 272 students appeared for the examination. Joint Collector H. Arun Kumar, DRO K. Krishna Reddy and DEO K. Lingaiah inspected various examination centres to ensure the smooth conduct of the examinations.

They checked the availability of drinking water arrangements etc. at the centre.

However, the officials deployed for the examination duties had to face the wrath of the prevailing heat wave and traffic snarls in the submission of their OMR answer sheets at the DEO office in the Collectorate. Due to only few counters being open, the examination chief superintendents and departmental officers had to wait in serpentine queues in the sweltering heat without any basic amenities such as drinking water for submitting their answer sheets.

The congested roads of Karimnagar caused hardship to people on Friday following the arrival of several thousands of candidates to write the DIETCET examination and also attend marriage functions.

Even as Joint Collector H. Arun Kumar had instructed the police officials to take appropriate measures to avoid traffic congestion during the conduct of DIETCET examination in Karimnagar town, the traffic police failed to regulate traffic.

Several marriage functions

From Friday morning onwards, the traffic in Karimnagar town increased with the arrival of candidates to write the DIETCET examination. Officially, about 34,242 candidates appeared for the DIETCET examination, but an additional about 10,000 people, mostly the relatives of candidates including their parents and spouses also accompanied them to Karimnagar.

Besides, with the conduct of marriage functions of several VIPs of Karimnagar, the traffic increased manifold. Due to the non-availability of parking lots at the function halls, visitors were forced to park their vehicles in front of the halls causing traffic congestion. Right in front of the Collectorate office premises, the visitors attending the function at Revenue Gardens were forced to park their vehicles on the road causing hindrance to traffic. The traffic snarls were so bad that newcomers who came to the town were reminded of the crowded city of Hyderabad. The traffic police also did not take any measures to ease the congestion by removing autos parked illegally at the junctions.

The vehicle users have urged the authorities concerned to redesign the traffic junctions keeping in mind the growing number of vehicles.

DIETCET was conducted peacefully in all the 92 centres in Adilabad and Mancherial town in Adilabad district. Of the 18,041 applicants allotted to the district, as many as 16,590 took the exam. District Educational Officer Akramullah Khan visited the exam centres in Adilabad town between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.

DIETCET was held peacefully in Sangareddy.

According to District Education Officer, G. Ramesh, a total of 24,956 candidates were issued hall tickets to attend examinations in 104 centres spread across the district.

In Telugu medium, 22,653 students attended the examination out of a total of 24,453 candidates, followed by 490 students in Urdu medium of the 510 candidates. The examinations were held without any glitch.