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MNS Chief Raj Thackeray Demands Transparency in Toll Collection

MNS President to Meet Chief Minister Eknath Shinde Tomorrow to Discuss Toll Issues Main News:

Mumbai | February 2, 2024 : Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray has once again raised concerns over toll collection, emphasizing the need for transparency in the accounting of toll revenues. Thackeray clarified that his opposition is not against tolls per se, but rather the lack of transparency in how the collected funds are utilized.

Expressing his discontent, Thackeray stated, “I am not against toll. Cash is taken for toll collection. I am opposed to the fact that the accounting is not transparent. There is no transparency in how many cars go, how much money is collected, how much money goes to the government. Toll is general. But the issue is not toll, but toll collection.”

Thackeray is set to meet Chief Minister Eknath Shinde tomorrow to discuss the toll-related issues. He expressed concern about the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, questioning whether the tolls collected over the years have been utilized appropriately. Thackeray emphasized the importance of transparency in revealing how toll revenues contribute to government plans and projects.

“If I am giving money, it should go to the government. The government can use it to make new plans. But I don’t like it if it is more in the toll collector’s pocket. Would you like it if that money is used for a political party? If there is no transparency, don’t oppose it. Why?,” asked Raj Thackeray.

The MNS chief highlighted the discrepancies in the promises made about ambulances, first aid centers, and road maintenance, urging the need for a thorough investigation into toll revenue allocation. He questioned the toll collection on incomplete roads and stressed the use of advanced technology at toll booths for efficient revenue management.

Responding to inquiries about political funding, Thackeray revealed receiving offers and issued a warning, stating, “Do you think I didn’t get any offers? Those who came were told that they will be killed here. They can’t even go back to the toll.”

Raj Thackeray’s ongoing battle for transparency in toll collection is set to take center stage in his upcoming meeting with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, where he plans to present statistical data observed during recent visits to toll booths.

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