Ten lawmakers of the BJP and Shiv Sena met the minister and urged him to reduce the hike in suburban rail fare in Mumbai. (JPN/Agencies)
The prices of monthly passes for local trains in Mumbai, used by some 65 lakh commuters every day, will double after the 14.4 percent increase announced by the NDA government.
Bharatiya Janata Party MP Kirit Somaiya said Gowda assured them of a ‘positive’ decision on their demand and added an announcement to this effect could be made in a few days.
Mumbai local trains see the heaviest rush among all suburban rail networks and are a lifeline of Maharashtra capital and India's commercial hub.
The MPs said Gowda ‘agreed’ with them that the hike of over 150 percent in some cases was not good.
"The Minister said Railway Board officials will meet soon and a relief will be announced," another BJP MP Kapil Patil said.
The state is going to polls later this year and the leaders of BJP-Shiv Sena alliance do not want the hike to spoil their chances of winning the polls.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had publicly flayed the decision and demanded a rollback.
Describing the move as an ‘accident’, Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said it could have been avoided if the matter was discussed within the NDA first.
Ten lawmakers of the BJP and Shiv Sena met the minister and urged him to reduce the hike in suburban rail fare in Mumbai.