Petrol and diesel prices on Wednesday were hiked by 25 paise per litre each, the third increase this week, propelling petrol price to cross Rs 100 per litre mark in more cities ncluding Bhopal and Indore. Petrol and diesel prices are now at record high across the country, price notification of state-owned fuel retailers showed. In Delhi, petrol now comes for Rs 92.05 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs 82.61.
This was the third increase in prices this week and seventh hike since May 4 when the state-owned oil firms ended an 18-hiatus in rate revision they observed during assembly elections in states like West Bengal.
The price increase led to petrol rates crossing the Rs 100 mark in more places in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
In Hyderabad, petrol was priced at Rs 95.67 per litre and diesel at Rs 90.06 per litre. Bengaluru saw petrol being priced Rs 95.11 per litre and diesel at Rs 87.57 per litre. In Chennai, it was Rs 93.84 per litre and diesel at Rs 87.49 per litre. Thiruvananthapuram saw petrol and diesel at Rs 94.03 and Rs 88.3 per litre respectively. In Kochi, petrol was priced at Rs 92.15 per litre and diesel at Rs 87.06. Vijayawada's petrol price is at Rs 97.79 per litre, and diesel at Rs 91.65 per litre, and Visakhapatnam at Rs 96.96 per litre for petrol and Rs 90.84 for diesel.
Fuel prices differ from state to state depending on the incidence of local taxes such as value-added tax (VAT) and freight charges. Rajasthan levies the highest VAT on petrol in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh.
Bhopal on Wednesday earned the distinction of being the first state capital in the country to see petrol cross Rs 100 mark. Petrol in the city now costs Rs 100.08 a litre. Indore had petrol priced at Rs 100.16 per litre. Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan had the costliest petrol and diesel in the country at Rs 102.96 per litre and Rs 95.33 a litre, respectively.
In seven increases, petrol price has risen by Rs 1.66 per litre and diesel by Rs 1.88. Since March last year, when the government raised excise duty on fuel to an all-time high, petrol price has increased by a record Rs 22.46 per litre (after accounting for a handful of occasions when rates fell) and diesel by Rs 20.32.
Oil companies, that in recent months resorted to unexplained freeze in rate revision, had hit a pause button after cutting prices marginally on April 15. This coincided with electioneering hitting peak to elect new governments in five states including West Bengal.
No sooner had voting ended, oil companies indicated an impending increase in retail prices in view of firming trend in international oil markets. They said prices have been on a continuous uptrend since April 27.
Central and state taxes make up for 60% of the retail selling price of petrol and over 54% of diesel. The union government levies Rs 32.90 per litre of excise duty on petrol and Rs 31.80 on diesel.
In Mumbai, the petrol price was hiked to Rs 98.36 a litre on Wednesday from Rs 98.12, while diesel rates were increased to Rs 89.75 from Rs 89.48, the price notification showed.