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Dimna ride at Rs 750
- Motor boating opens to all from today

Jamshedpur, Dec. 7: Chill and piping food apart, picnickers can also enjoy motor boating at the scenic Dimna Lake, situated some 10km from the steel city, from tomorrow.

Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) today said the water sport, which was hitherto reserved for employees of Tata Steel and its sister concerns, would be open for the general public as well. The activity will be organised by the water sports centre that was revived last year.

The centre has two six-seater motor boats and three more for water surfing.

“We always had plans to offer something to the people of Jamshedpur. I am sure motor boating will be a huge attraction for them,” said TSAF secretary P.P. Kapadia.

As for the charges, Kapadia said people would have to cough up Rs 750 for a half-an-hour ride on the six-seater motor boat. “Two instructors, Durga Prasad Baskey and S.K. Shome, from nearby Bhadodih village will handle the logistics. We also have plans to introduce water surfing for the public,” he added.

Tata employees pay a one-time membership fee of Rs 250 and Rs 300 for the motor boat ride. The rate for rowing and a ride on the paddle boats (four persons), Canadian canoe (one person) and rubber raft (12 persons) is Rs 50 for half an hour.

According to the TSAF secretary, adventure junkies keen to try out motor boating will be entertained on first-come-first-serve basis.

“A lot will depend on availability of instructors, who will have to be called from their villages. It is advisable that interested people contact us in advance so that we can accordingly plan the schedule with the water sports centre at Dimna,” Kapadia said.

Sidharth Singh, an adventure lover from Telco, said he was thrilled to know the foundation’s decision. “I was expecting this for some time now. I will surely try out motor boating very soon,” he added.

Those interested can book the rides by calling up on 8092565470.

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