Diesel price hiked by 50p a litre, petrol price not changed

New Delhi, Dec 1: Diesel prices were on Saturday hiked by 50 paise per litre but there will be no revision in rates of petrol this fortnight.

The price increase, the 11th since January, excludes local sales tax or VAT and will be effective from midnight Saturday, oil companies announced.

The price of diesel in Delhi will be hiked by 57 paise, including tax, to Rs 53.67 per litre, while it will cost Rs 60.70 a litre in Mumbai as against 60.08 currently.

There will be no change in petrol prices as oil companies decided not to pass on the 25-30 paise increase necessitated by depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar.

State-owned oil marketing firms, which revise petrol prices on the 1st and 16th of every month based on trends in oil prices and currency exchange rate in the preceding fortnight, had left the rates unchanged even on November 16.

Petrol prices were last revised on November 1, when it was cut by Rs 1.15 a litre. It costs Rs 71.02 a litre in Delhi currently. The government allowed oil companies in January to raise diesel prices in small doses every month to wipe out mounting losses.

While most of the shortfall on diesel sales should have been wiped out, losses mounted to Rs 14.50 per litre in July-August as the rupee fell about 25 per cent from April levels. The recent firming up of the rupee against the dollar and the monthly price increases have trimmed these losses to Rs 9.99 a litre. Diesel rates have risen by a cumulative Rs 6.62 this year.


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