Even as the district branch of the Indian Red Cross Society has been experiencing heavy rush for its week-long first-aid training course, the centre is unable to provide a conducive environment to the students due to space shortage.
Sources said that a large number of applicants have been turning up at the centre for the past few days due to Chandigarh Transport Undertaking's ongoing recruitment drive for the post of conductors, with 370 applicants, which is three times the regular batch's strength, getting their names registered for the course, while last week, 453 students had reached the centre.
District training officer Jaspal Singh said that students from neighbouring districts, including Mohali, Ludhiana, Fategarh Sahib, Bathinda and Sangrur had come to the centre as their own centres had failed to provide any training.
"Only theoretical lessons could be given to the students as we do not have enough space to conduct practicals or demonstrations. We even had to remove the chairs and make students sit on the floor to accommodate everyone," he said.
He said that while students had been divided into morning and evening batches, being the only trainer at the centre, he had to address both batches.
Sources alleged that letters had been sent to authorities concerned repeatedly, but to no avail.
"Even though they have visited the centre and witnessed the space crunch, they have turned a blind eye to our problem," the sources said.
Blaming other officials for the problem, assistant commissioner Anupreeta Johal, honorary secretary of Red Cross, denied responsibility for the poor condition of the centre.