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Uddhav Thackeray terms rail fare hike 'shocking', says would urge PM Narendra Modi to roll it back

Saturday, 21 June 2014 - 11:33pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI

  • Narendra Modi and Uddhav Thackeray

Terming the train fare hike as "shocking", Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said he will speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and request him to roll it back.

"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, Uddhav said. "If it's not possible to withdraw it, then at least reduce it." In one of the biggest hikes, cash-strapped railways yesterday raised passenger fares by 14.2% for all classes and freight rates by 6.5%.

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

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