Sena alliance is widely expected to form the next government in Maharashtra, which goes to polls in December. The hike in the suburban train fares was threatening to give Congress there the much-needed boost, the Shiv Sena MPs reasoned.
Railways had expected to mop up Rs 902 crore from the proposed increase in suburban tickets during this financial year. That figure now comes down to less than Rs 300 crore. Railways generally earns around Rs 2,000 crore from suburban services in a year, which is just about five per cent of its total earnings from the passenger segment.