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Kolkata: The state government has decided to waive toll on two-wheelers plying through Vidyasagar Setu (Second Hooghly Bridge).

Announcing this to reporters at state secretariat Nabanna today, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the decision has been taken to lessen the congestion at the toll plaza located at Nabanna-end of Vidyasagar Setu which connects Kolkata Maidan area with Mandirtala in Howrah.

Vidyasagar Setu is owned by the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC), which is a state PSU. HRBC collects Rs 5 as toll from a two-wheeler, Rs 10 from car, and Rs 50-110 from heavy vehicle.

In 2017, toll was collected from around 84-lakh two-wheelers and this year the estimated target was for 90-lakh two-wheelers. This means the waiver will cost a loss of Rs 4.5-crore revenue.

The waiver of toll on two-wheelers will come into effect from 1 October, the Chief Minister said. HRBC is likely to dedicate one lane each at both directions for the two-wheelers to cross toll-free.

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