"The fare hike is shocking. Sena MPs will follow up the issue to ensure that hike is called off," a Sena spokesperson quoted Uddhav as saying.

“The poor cannot afford such a hike. If it's not possible to withdraw it, then at least reduce it,” Uddhav added.

In one of the biggest hikes, cash-strapped Railways on Friday raised passenger fares by 14.2 percent for all classes and freight rates by 6.5 percent.

The fare hike would be felt acutely in Mumbai where the cost of seasonal passes of local trains, the city's lifeline, would go up two times or almost three-times on some routes.


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