Curbs on mineral transport to decongest roads

Video-recording of exam centres

CUTTACK: The Keonjhar district administration has decided to stop transportation of minerals by road from the mines of the district to Paradeep port from Tuesday in view of the State Matriculation examinations beginning on Wednesday. The mineral transportation would resume on April 6 after completion of examinations, sources said.

“This arrangement is being done to ensure that the road traffic is not congested in the district during the examination days so as to facilitate the examinees reach their centres on time without any hassle,” said a district administration source. The source said some 7000 to 8000 trucks carry minerals from different mines in the district to Paradeep port every day and at times the dilapidated roads in the district are jammed by these lorries bringing the traffic to a grinding halt. Nearly 13,000 students from 405 High Schools of Keonjhar district would appear for the Matriculation examination in as many as 75 centres spread across the district, the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) sources said. Most of the examination centres are located along the main thoroughfare of the district, the sources added.

Meanwhile, the BSE authorities have made all arrangements complete for the examinations that would end on April 5. At least 3.20 lakh students from some 7000 schools would write the examination in regular stream in 1723 centres while 57,737 students have filled up forms to write the exams in ex-regular stream. The Board would also conduct the Prathama and Madhyama examination in Sanskrit stream, which is also equivalent to Matriculation exams.

“We have sent the question sets and answer sheets to all examination centres in advance with adequate security provisions. The Director-General of Police (DGP), all Superintendents of Police and District Magistrates have been requested to provide adequate security in all the examination centres of their respective districts,” said BSE Secretary P K Samal.

The BSE for the first time this year has made arrangements for video-recording of examination centres to ensure that the examinees do not adopt unfair means. At least 19 teams are formed to record the proceedings.