source:- Raj Thackeray asks people to stop paying toll tax in Maharashtra : South, News - India Today & Maharashtra: Raj Thackeray asks people to stop paying toll tax - Politics - Politics News - ibnlive Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Tuesday urged the residents of Maharashtra to stop paying toll at the collection points on various connecting roads, across the state. Armed with statistics collected from across the toll connection points in the state, Thackeray said that the toll plazas had earned sums in excess of the expenditure incurred to build the roads in question. While most collection was unaccounted, he said that the MNS would ensure that people of Maharashtra are not made to pay any more toll tax. Thackeray said that the state was guilty of mismanagement of the revenues that toll plazas were generating. Thackeray said that although he is not against the collection of toll, the government is accountable to the citizens paying it. "A citizen who pays the toll has the right to know how the money is being used. What is the money being used for when the roads are in such bad shape. The toll nakas do not follow any mandatory guidelines that are laid down for them," Thackeray said. Thackeray's command comes after MNS workers surveyed several toll booths across the state to tally the daily collection and the expenditure incurred on maintaining the stretch of road for which the tax was being collected. Thackeray said that the findings of the survey have made it clear that contractors fudge the actual figures of toll collections, thus showing a deficit in the collection to get the tenures of the toll plazas extended and the tax increased regularly, instead of bringing it down and slowly phasing out the toll. Thackeray made it clear that the Bandra-Worli Sea Link was no exception to this. "The toll is collected with the promise that the roads would be maintained, but they are in a bad shape and in one year, the toll collections were used to pay salaries to teachers in government run schools," Thackeray told reporters. Right after Thackeray's press conference, several toll plazas across the state were besieged by MNS partyworkers, who let vehicles pass by without paying toll tax. However, anticipating trouble from MNS workers, several policemen were deployed all over the state and over 10 MNS activists were detained in Mumbai as they tried to stop the toll collection at Bandra Worli Sealink. In June, Thackeray had raised the issue of incessant toll collection in the state and asked the government to come clean on the issue. Several MNS activists had vandalised many toll posts in the state. Thackeray has demanded that the toll plazas display the actual cost of the road project for which the tax is being collected along with the period that has been set for the cost to be recovered. That apart, Thackeray has asked the government to make it mandatory for toll contractors to put on display the number of vehicles passing through the toll nakas daily so that there is a transparency on the "recovery of funds". In Maharashtra, Mumbai city by itself, has five entry toll points, each of which bring in an approximate revenue of over Rs.2 billion per annum. In some tolls, the collection is directly made by the state government, while most of the toll plazas are run by infrastructure contractors responsible for the maintenance of the roads. When asked about his renewed relationship with first cousin and Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, Raj refused to comment on the "personal matter". He, however, retorted to a query on the Congress-NCP tussle and said, "I have never understood Sharad Pawar's politics."