Petrol, diesel prices hiked again on Monday
Petrol now costs ₹88.12 per litre, diesel costs ₹77.32 in Mumbai
Even as the opposition parties called for Bharat Bandh to protest against the soaring fuel prices, the state-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) have again increased the price of sensitive petroleum products like petrol and diesel in the country on Monday .
The prices of petrol and diesel touched a new high with Mumbai paying the maximum among the four metros. While petrol costs ₹88.12 a litre, diesel is priced at ₹77.32 a litre, according to the daily price notification issued by OMCs.
In Delhi, the petrol price has been risen to a record ₹80.73 a litre, while diesel price has been increased to ₹72.83 a litre, which is also at a record high, but lowest among the four metros.
The petrol prices has gone up by around 5% since August 1, while diesel prices has gone up by 7% during the same period.
The price build-up of petrol in Delhi as on September 3, includes excise duty of ₹19.48, dealer commission of ₹3.63, and VAT of ₹16.83(including VAT on dealer commission).
Similarly, the price build-up of diesel in Delhi includes excise duty of ₹15.33, dealer commission of ₹2.51, and VAT of ₹10.46(including VAT on dealer commission).
In Kolkata, the price of petrol has been increased to ₹83.61 per litre while the diesel price has gone up to ₹75.68 per litre. Similarly, petrol is being sold for ₹83.91 per litre in Chennai and the diesel retail price is ₹76.98 per litre.
The fuel prices are likely to go up further as the rupee hit yet another all-time low of ₹72. 18 against the U.S. dollar on Monday, while price of Brent oil was still hovering over $77 a barrel.
India imports about 80% of its crude oil, and the falling Indian rupee will make the imports costlier and lead to a rise in fuel prices.
State-owned oil firms had in mid-June last year dumped the 15-year practice of revising rates on the first and 16th of every month.
India imported crude oil worth ₹2,640,30 crore (over $39 billion) between April and July 2018, according to the data by the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell.
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