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Free ride for bikes on Adityapur bridge

Call it a bridge bonanza for bikers in Jamshedpur and Adityapur this Durga Puja.

The chief minister has decided to exempt motorised two-wheelers from paying the Rs 5 one-way tax on the new Adityapur Toll Bridge. The order comes into effect from Wednesday midnight.

Arjun Munda announced this gift for bikers — who are mostly industrial workers from the low-income group — on the sidelines of a BJP workers’ meeting at Sidhgora Town Hall in the afternoon. The exemption proposal was mooted by BJP state president Dineshanand Goswami.

“Two-wheeler riders will not have to pay any toll while crossing the bridge from tomorrow (Thursday). It is the government’s Puja gift to people of Jamshedpur and Adityapur,” Munda said.

Sudhansu Kumar, the managing director of Adityapur Toll Bridge Company Limited, however, expressed ignorance. “I am not aware about any announcement made by the chief minister,” he said.

Notably, the company had last month requested the state industry department to hike toll for all vehicles.