"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.