New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices were reduced by 40 paise and 30 paise respectively on 11th straight day. Till now, this is the maximum reduction in the fuel prices. With this reduction, the petrol has come down by almost Rs. 1.30 per litre and diesel by almost Rs. 1 per litre.
After 11 consecutive reductions the petrol in Delhi today was recorded to be Rs. 77.02 per litre and diesel prices were Rs. 68.28 per litre.
With this reduction, the petrol prices in Mumbai were recorded to be Rs. 84.84 per litre, Rs. 79.68 per litre in Kolkata and Rs. 79.95 in Chennai.
While the diesel prices in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai were recorded to be Rs. 72.70 per litre, Rs. 70.83 per litre and Rs. 72.08 per litre respectively.
Though the price of petrol and diesel are cheapest in Delhi as compared to all metros and most state capitals but the prices may vary from state to state depending on the local sales tax or VAT.
Notably, it took eleven reductions to bring down the petrol prices by more than one rupee whereas in 16 hikes it raised up by Rs. 3.8 per litre. Though, the prices were kept stable during the Karnataka elections.
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has earlier said that government is working on a holistic solution to price volatility without going back on reforms so that the fuel prices doesn’t go out of the reach of common man.
Despite industry’s demand to cut down the heavy excise duties there has been no concern shown by the government on that. It should be noted that the hike in the fuel prices were against the backdrop of rise in crude oil cost and weaker currency. But recently crude oil prices have come down while the currency has shown some strength.
It should be noted that the reduction in the fuel prices has been possible due to lowering down of global crude oil cost along with strengthening of rupee since May 30th.