MUMBAI : Std XII Board candidates in Virar were in  for a good surprise when they started on their way to their centres on Thursday to appear for their exams. Sameer Chavan (38) an auto driver has offered free rides to the candidates so that they could reach their centres in time! The Std XII Board exams commenced on Thursday.

  My mission is simple  : I want to make the students to appear at their centres in time, so as to avoid the ordeal of rush hour public traffic in Virar,said Chavan who stays in Manvelpada, Virar (E). It is my mother's wish that students should not come late at their centres or miss their exams, which is the important chapter of their career, and I am just following my mother's wish, said Chavan.

 I posted the offer on my social media (Facebook) account with my mobile number so that students can call me to take them to the examination centre,said Chavan and I have got a good response. The offer is free of cost and till Friday, I have given free rides to 10 candidates of my locality, he said.

  I usually ride my auto from 0300 hours till 0900 hours daily and then work at a printing press  during the day,said Chavan. I have requested my boss to let me report to work at 12 noon after I dropped the students at their exam centres, and my boss has given the permission,to do so, he said. I only drop the students at the centres, and their parents make arrangements to transport them back to home, he said. Atleast my motive is to tranport the students to their centres on time, and this is my third year of free service, said Chavan. 

I have studied till Std XII and hail from a small town in Maharashtra and I know the ordeal students from rural areas face to reach their exam centres on time,said Chavan.  I remember, I used to walk 8 kms  from my house to my exam centre and used to hurry so that I could not miss the papers, as we hail from a poor family, I could not afford auto to reach the venue, and the ST buses had odd timings, which clashed with the exam schedule, so the only alternative was to walk all the way from my house, said Chavan.