Fuel prices get yet another hike, petrol remains in nervous nineties per litre


Fuel prices in the country saw yet another hike with petrol now 27 paise per litre more expensive while diesel received a 29 paise hike on Tuesday. Since May 4, petrol prices have become costlier by 2.45 per litre while diesel has seen rates change by 2.78 for every litre. As such, fuel prices are now firmly inching towards the three-digit mark in several major Indian cities and have already crossed it in a few others.

Petrol is hovering above 100 per litre mark in several cities in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Mumbai is expected to be the first of the four metropolitan cities where the fuel will touch triple digits and on Tuesday, per litre price of petrol was at 99.14. In Chennai, it is at 94.54 per litre while it is 95.94 in Bengaluru. Delhi and Kolkata are, only in comparison, slightly better off. In the national capital, a litre costs 92.85 and seven paise more expensive in Kolkata.

Delhi and Kolkata are also among the metropolitan cities with cheapest diesel rates. On Tuesday, the fuel per litre was at 83.51 in Delhi and 86.35 in Kolkata. Mumbai motorists have to pay 90.71 while the rate is 88.34 in Chennai and 88.53 in Bengaluru.

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The difference in pricing is due to the different local levies and taxes imposed on both petrol and diesel by various state governments. But taxes imposed on central government also have a large share in the final price to consumers. For instance, in Delhi, on May 16, central taxes accounted for 35.5% of petrol’s price, and state taxes, 23%.

The daily revision in prices, as per oil companies, are due to factors which include international crude prices and exchange rate. But back in 2020 when international crude prices came tumbling down, the central government chose to hike excise duty to shore up finances. Many now feel the spate of price hikes are likely to continue till at least the end of May.