Petrol prices rise for 13th straight day; nearly Rs 86 in Mumbai
29 May, 2018, 18:45 | Author: Kristi Dunn
Prices of diesel, the key transportation fuel, which are already at record levels across the major cities rose to Rs 68.90, Rs 71.45, Rs 73.36 and Rs 72.74 a litre on Saturday in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai respectively. In line with petrol, diesel prices also increased - to Rs 69.17 per litre in Delhi and Rs 73.64 per litre in Mumbai.
The price of petrol in Kolkata is Rs 81.06/litre and Rs 81.43/litre in Chennai, according to Indian Oil Corporation. The petrol price was seen at Rs 74.80 per litre, the highest since September 2013, and diesel was seen at Rs 66.14 per litre.
The government is planning a "holistic strategy" to find "long-term solution" to a spike in petrol and diesel prices triggered by a spurt in global rates, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday.
In Mumbai and Chennai, petrol was sold at Rs 85.78 and Rs 80.95 a litre, respectively, up from Rs 85.65 and Rs 80.80 per litre on Friday.
Average fuel prices across the board have risen by 8.5p - more than supermarket prices, although prices have not risen day in, day out like those of supermarket fuel. However, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Sunday said that "it is a big misconception (among the people) that price of petroleum products will be reduced significantly if they are brought under GST ambit".
"The Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry has given an in-principle nod to launch petrol and diesel futures contracts and we are hoping that Sebi will give final approval in this regard soon", ICEX Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Sanjit Prasad told PTI.
In Delhi, VAT on petrol was Rs 15.84 a litre, and Rs 9.68 on diesel in April. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had said the previous day that the government was looking at both short-term and long-term solutions to soaring fuel prices. Every rupee cut in excise duty on petrol and diesel will result in a revenue loss of Rs 13,000 crore.
Across all forecourts, the average was even higher with prices rising by almost 8.5p a litre. The opposition parties and people have been demanding a cut in Centre and state tax on fuels.
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