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Guyana’s government says it will undercut river bridge toll

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Guyana’s government said on Sunday that it will let private boat owners offer taxi service across a river near the Suriname border after the opposition-linked company that controls the bridge over it refused to lower tolls.

In its budget presentation last month, the government had ordered that a $10 toll for vehicles crossing the Berbice River bridge be reduced by about $3, but company directors refused and instead asked for a 50 percent increase in rates. The Berbice River Company Inc. has the rights to operate the bridge for 21 years.

On Sunday, State Minister Joseph Harmon said authorities will offer vehicles a cheaper way across the river by allowing private vessels to compete with the toll bridge and will help the boat owners keep rates down by subsidizing their services.

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